Yankees trade Chris Stewart to Pirates

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Yankees have traded Chris Stewart to the Pirates for a player to be named later. The deal was officially announced on Monday morning.

The soon-to-be-completed signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann displaces Stewart, who served as the Yankees’ starting catcher for most of last season. Stewart had been a prime candidate to be non-tendered in advance of tonight’s 11:59 p.m. ET deadline for arbitration-eligible players.

The Yankees project to have Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine and J.R. Murphy in camp to compete for a job as McCann’s backup next spring. General manager Brian Cashman has said that he “absolutely” expects to tender a contract to Cervelli, who is also arbitration-eligible.

Stewart turns 32 in February and batted .219 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 109 games (97 starts at catcher) for the Yankees in 2013, which seemed to be a bit too much exposure for the career backup. With the Pirates, he’ll once again be backing up Russell Martin.

One last thought: Let’s take another look at the ridiculous double play that Stewart turned against the Red Sox back in July (where was Daniel Nava going, anyway?).

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More starting pitching is moving Fister to the Nationals. Kuroda, Tanaka or nothing?
Granderson meets with Mets, shopping 2 year offer from Yanks.

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Yankees have made an offer to Kuroda to return.
Kazmir gets 11M per to sign with the A’s.
The Yankees have told Cano they will move forward without in him if doesn’t low his price, see ESPN.
In the same article, Infante and Nathan could be getting close.
I wonder if the Yankees could non tender or trade Gardener (instead of Ichiro) with the surplus of outfielders once Granderson or Beltran comes aboard. Obviously, no one wants Wells but there is some young players who could serve as 4th/5th outfielder.

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Whatever the Yankees do this winter it is essntial that they don’t dither around and repeat the mistake they made last year and in so doing, they lost Raoul Ibanez. Essentially, the roster is so weak, that it should be pretty simple to determine by now who to keep and who to dispose of.

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