NEW YORK -- Injuries, inactivity, a PED suspension -- and the threat of arbitration -- have paid off for Francisco Cervelli, who agreed Thursday to a one-year deal with the Yankees calling for a near $200,000 raise.
Cervelli, who after winning the starting catcher's job in spring training was limited to just 17 games last season due to a broken hand and later, an uncontested 50-game suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis, was paid $515,000 last season. According to a published report, he agreed to a $700,000 nonguaranteed contract for 2014.
And with the Yankees having signed Brian McCann this winter to a five-year deal to be their everyday catcher, Cervelli is once again relegated to backup duty, although he will likely have to battle Austin Romine and J.R. Murphy in spring training for that, too.
Cervelli, who will turn 28 in March, is a lifetime .271 hitter with eight home runs and 79 RBIs over parts of six big league seasons.