The New York Yankees have traded Chris Stewart to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later. It marks the second time in two years that a catcher has gone from the Bombers to the Buccos. But unlike Russell Martin’s departure, Yankees fans should rejoice this time.
With the addition of Brian McCann, Stewart and his .211/.293/.272 slash line became more expendable than the LaserDisc. The fact that the Yankees got anything for him is fantastic. As for the player to be named, I wish it were Crash Davis.
Can we all agree how perfect the Bull Durham (1988) character would be for the Yankees? I can see it now: Ivan Nova strikes out the first two batters of the inning at Fenway Park when out comes Davis, who tells him to hit Wally with the next pitch to mess with the batters’ heads.
Davis could also mentor a young pitching staff and help players like Michael Pineda to become effective major league starters. In the minors, he could teach top prospect Gary Sanchez how to be a good catcher before he takes over the starting job in 2017 (when Mark Teixeira’s contract is up and McCann moves to first base).
Truthfully, Davis could have been useful in 2013 with everything the team went through. Imagine the mound conversations: “Well, C.C.’s scared cause his eye lids are jammed, we need a live rooster. Was it a live rooster? We need a live rooster to take the curse off Nunez’s glove, and nobody seems to know what to do with Alex Rodriguez and this Biogenesis scandal. We’re dealing with a lot.”
At the very least, having Davis on the roster this year would have explained why Phil Hughes gave up so many home runs. Considering Davis isn’t a real-life human being, it’s good that the Yankees acquired McCann, who will no doubt become a leader in the clubhouse. Now that the Yankees’ issues at catcher have been addressed, they need to bolster the outfield. Maybe Brian Cashman can make a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Benny “the Jet” Rodriguez.