Francisco Cervelli 2015 Topps Series 2 Silver Frame /20
When the Pirates lost Russell Martin to free agency it left a gigantic void both offensively and defensively. This left the Pirates with only Chris Stewart and Tony Sanchez which was somewhat scary considering the drop off. Knowing that more upside and depth was needed the Pirates made a trade with the Yankees sending reliever Justin Wilson for Francisco Cervelli. This proved to be very smart move.
Cervelli has shown flashes before, but a number of freak injuries had made him lose significant time. Having a stock pile of young catchers and the well established Brian Mccann, the Yankees felt Cervelli was expendable. Yay for the Pirates!
Just about everything you look for in a catcher he has managed to provide. His bat has been one of the more consistent in the Pirates lineup as he has been moving up in the order the last few weeks. While still hard to quantify he ranks as the best pitch framer in all of baseball. He probably should have made the All Star team over Yadier Molina, but that is another argument for a later time. He and AJ Burnett are probably the biggest reasons why the Pirates are where they are at this point of the season. You notice a Yankees theme?
I knew I wanted to chase this parallel as soon as it hit eBay. My first few opportunities were misses, but I finally nabbed it a little over a week ago for around $14.
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PS: Sorry Zippy