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Francisco Cervelli Trade Rumors: Yankees Getting Offers For Former Backup Catcher?

The New York Yankees made a surprising move at the end of Spring Training, trading for backup catcher Chris Stewart and sending the incumbent backup catcher, Francisco Cervelli, to Class AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Could the Yankees now be considering trading away the popular Cervelli, the team's primary backup catcher in both 2010 and 2011?

Cervelli apparently has said that at least two teams have contacted the Yankees about acquiring him, but that the Yankees have resisted trade offers thus far.

Cervelli has a career .272 batting average at the big-league level, but has just five home runs in 489 career at-bats.

The 26-year-old Cervelli is having a rough time at AAA, hitting only .217 thus far in 28 games. He has no home runs, just four doubles and 10 RBI.

Stewart has hit .222 for the Yankees in nine games, mostly catching ace CC Sabathia on a regular basis.

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