On April 4th, 2012, Brian Cashman traded reliever George Kontos to the Giants for backup catcher Chris Stewart. It was a very puzzling move, considering it suddenly demoted everyone’s second-favorite bad player, Francisco Cervelli, to AAA, and an actual decent reliever was traded for an organizational journeyman.

Well, fast forward to today, and as it currently stands, Chris Stewart is the favorite to be the Yankees’ starting catcher in 2013. Who knew that this trade would set up Stewart to write his name into the great lineage of Yankee catchers like Dickey, Berra, Howard, Munson, and Posada?

Earlier in the offseason, Cashman said that defense is his priority when looking for a catcher:

“We have people that can handle and run the game. The offense is an area that, currently with what our roster provides, will be a downgrade from what we’re used to. But the most important aspect of those games is (defense).”

Since Chris Stewart is a career .217/.281/.302 (59 wRC+, 61 OPS+) hitter, let’s hope he’s the best defensive catcher baseball has ever seen — because he’s one of the worst batsmen you’ll ever see.