4/14/2008 02:30:00 AM

Who Will Fill In For Posada/Molina?

Posted by Mark McCray |

....Meet Chad Moeller...

Released by the Nationals in March, Chad Moeller signed a Minor League deal with the New York Yankees that came with an invitation to the big league camp. The Yankees are the 33-year-old's seventh organization.

"We need some depth at catching," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "That's the one thing that we talked about, trying to get some more depth. He provides that -- he's played plenty in the big leagues."

The Yankees' catching situation is cemented at the big league level, with veteran Jose Molina backing up starter Jorge Posada. But Moeller said that he has been told a starting job awaits at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

"They told me to come in and be ready to play this spring," Moeller said. "Catching is already set here, but it's an opportunity to go and play at Triple-A and be on the field. That's pretty much all you're asking for.

Moeller appeared in 37 games at the big league level last season, hitting .161 with one home run and two RBIs for the Reds and Dodgers. A .224 career hitter, he appeared in seven games with the Nationals this spring, going hitless in 11 at-bats before being released on Sunday.

The Yankees had an immediate void to fill in their spring catching rotation after 22-year-old prospect Francisco Cervelli broke his right wrist in a violent home-plate collision on Saturday.



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