Pirates trade with Yankees for catcher

With Russell Martin apparently headed out of town with free agency, the Pittsburgh Pirates took steps to shore up their catching corps.

The New York Yankees have traded catcher Francisco Cervelli to the Pirates in exchange for pitcher Justin Wilson.

“This (trade) doesn't change our approach to aggressively pursue Martin,” general manager Neal Huntington said. “But if we don't re-sign Russ, we feel this gives us a quality alternative.”

Cervelli spent each of his seven big league seasons with the Yankees and last year batted .301 with two homers and 13 RBI in 49 games as the backup to Brian McCann. He missed two months with a hamstring strain.

In August 2013, Cervelli was slapped with a 50-game suspension after he was connected to the Biogenesis lab scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs.

The 28-year-old veteran is a career .278 hitter.

Wilson was 3-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 70 games last season for the Pirates. The 27-year-old lefty owns a career mark of 9-5 with a 2.99 ERA in 136 games over three seasons, all with Pittsburgh.


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