Kevin Cash Rumors

Astros Sign Kevin Cash To Minor League Deal

The Astros have signed catcher Kevin Cash to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to's Brian McTaggart

The 32-year-old was once Tim Wakefield's personal catcher, though he spent last season with the Yankees. Cash is a career .186/.248/.287 hitter in close to 600 big league plate appearances, though his minor league numbers are much more respectable. With only two catchers on the 40-man roster (J.R. Towles and Humberto Quintero), all it takes is an injury for Cash to make the Opening Day roster.

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Yankees Release Kevin Cash

According to Peter Abraham of The Journal News, the Yankees have released catcher Kevin Cash. The move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for Josh Towers, who was recalled today.

Cash, 32, hit .250/.308/.558 in 28 plate appearances for the Bombers this year. He's spent most of the year with Triple-A Scranton, and is currently out with a shoulder injury.

The Yankees’ Catching Predicament

MLBTR hosted a discussion on the Yankees' catching situation yesterday that drew a nice response.  With Jorge Posada and Jose Molina sidelined, the Bronx Bombers are stuck with a real lack of depth behind the plate.  As Ben Nicholson-Smith explained, the club could either decide to let Francisco Cervelli and Kevin Cash man the position until Posada returns, sign a veteran free agent, or make a trade. 

Peter Abraham of The Journal News asked Yankees GM Brian Cashman which course of action he'll take on Friday night, and it appears the Yanks have decided to wait out the storm.  "A trade would be difficult at this point," admitted the general manager.

Cervelli, a 23-year-old from Venezuela, went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored to help in a 4-0 victory over the Orioles on Friday.  He also did a fine job flashing signals for CC Sabathia, and should get the majority of starts behind the plate.  "This is a talented young man," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.  "I know how difficult it is to catch the ace when you're a rookie.  He did a great job."

Cash, 31, has more experience than Cervelli, but boasts a .184 carrer batting average in the big leagues and has virtually no upside.  He was signed to a minor league contract this winter.