Francisco Cervelli C PIT 2 days ago

Cervelli isn't in the lineup for Sunday's matinee against the Brewers, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

It probably amounts to just an off day for Cervelli, who had started behind the plate in each of the Pirates' previous five games this week. Though Cervelli's .300 batting average over his nine games has been better than anticipated, his regular placement at the bottom of the order has allowed him to accrue just one RBI and three runs.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 1 week ago

Cervelli is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Owners can assume this is standard catcher rest, but Cervelli has now rested after two games in a row twice, so we might be seeing a pattern in how Pittsburgh selects its starter behind the plate.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 2 weeks ago

Cervelli is out of the lineup Thursday, the Pittsburgh Tribune's Rob Biertempfel reports.

Tony Sanchez gets the start as Cervelli is given his first day off of 2015. So far Cervelli has done alright for himself at the plate, notching a single, a double, a walk and a RBI through two games. Look for him to be back in the lineup Friday in Milwaukee.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 2 weeks ago

Cervelli went 1-for-3 with a walk Monday afternoon in Cincinnati.

Cervelli played well defensively, too, throwing out Billy Hamilton at first base on a bunt attempt. One game down and 161 to go for the oft-injured Cervelli. He's off to a good start.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 weeks ago

Cervelli jammed his right thumb sliding into third base Saturday but stayed in the game, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Although fantasy owners will likely have to get used to reading about injury updates from the newly-minted starting catcher, Cervelli possesses above average offense from behind the plate. He went 2-for-4 with a double and triple Saturday, giving him a .304 spring batting average with seven walks.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 1 month ago

Cervelli went 1-for-2 with two walks and hit his third spring homer Monday.

Fantasy owners have to hope he saves some of his health and hot hitting for the regular season. The Pirates would like to have Cervelli start about 110 games in 2015, though the most games the 29-year-old has ever appeared in is 93.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 1 month ago

Cervelli, who is expected to take over for Russell Martin as Pittsburgh's starting catcher, is 2-for-12 with four walks in Grapefruit League action.

His overriding priority is to familiarize himself with the pitching staff, but so long as he stays healthy -- a huge question mark -- he offers sneaky fantasy value. Cervelli's career slash line (.278/.348/.381) comes in only 688 at-bats scattered over parts of seven big-league seasons.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 3 months ago

Cervelli agreed to a one-year, $987,500 contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.

Cervelli was limited to just 49 games last season due to hamstring and head injuries, and as result, he'll only see a modest bump in salary (from $700,000) in his second year of arbitration. The Pirates appear content to lean on Cervelli as their primary option behind the plate next season, and while his RBI and runs scored totals could be serviceable if he's able to stay healthy, Cervelli's minimal pop and injury history will likely deter many in one-catcher leagues.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 5 months ago

The Pirates tendered Cervelli -- a second-year, arbitration-eligible player -- a contract offer prior to Tuesday's deadline.

The Pirates will likely give Cervelli the keys to their starting catching job in 2015. If he's able to stay healthy -- Cervelli has never appeared in 100 games in a season before -- then he could help fantasy owners. The former Yankee has compiled a career .278/.348./729 slash line in 785 plate appearances in parts of seven seasons with New York.

Francisco Cervelli C PIT 5 months ago

Cervelli was traded to the Pirates on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Cervelli had been limited to a backup role in New York, but should see an opportunity for more reps in Pittsburgh, as Russell Martin has declined his $15.3 million qualifying offer for next season. The former Yankee won't be much of a power threat in Pittsburgh, but can certainly help the peripherals of fantasy owners in deep, two-catcher leagues, as the backstop slashed .301/.370/.432 over 49 games last season.