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Francisco Cervelli
Birthdate: 3/6/1986 (31 y, 21 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-1/210     Position: C
Contract: $3.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Extension: $31M / 3 Years (2017 - 2019)
RotoWire News: Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to the recurrence of a foot injury, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "Francisco continues to have a little bit of soreness in the foot, so we just want to make sure that we take care of him," general manager Neal Huntington said. (3/27/2017)
Injury: Foot, Day-To-Day
Profiles:  2011  2012  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: To start for the Yankees, one must have a certain degree of excellence. At least, that was the case back when the Yankees employed Cervelli. Although 'excellence' doesn't really apply to Cervelli's work, he is rather good. And good players can start for the Pirates. Thus, it was providential that the Pirates acquired (ahem, stole) Cervelli prior to the 2015 season. Since then, he's recorded 5.5 WAR and signed a three-year, $31 million contract extension through 2019. Cervelli regressed in a bad way during the 2016 campaign, however. He hit just one home run in 393 plate appearances. Fortunately, a lofty .377 on-base percentage buoyed otherwise indifferent work at the plate. Injuries also interrupted his season. Cervelli is poised to experience the good type of regression in 2017, perhaps hitting as many as five(!) home runs. With that in mind, he is not a particularly exciting option in fantasy. (Brad Johnson)

The Quick Opinion: While everybody else hit 20 home runs in 2016, Cervelli said, "nah, I'll settle for one." Perhaps he'll take a few meatier swings in 2017. He's a league-average catcher so long as long as he keeps walking.

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