With Brian McCann now the official starting catcher for the New York Yankees and Francisco Cervelli likely to get tendered a contract for 2014, Chris Stewart's time with the team was coming to an end, which is why multiple teams around the league were looking to trade for him.
On Monday, the Yankees found a taker in an old trade partner, as the Pittsburgh Pirated acquired the veteran backup catcher Stewart for a player to be named later, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported.
"Source: #Yankees trading catcher Chris Stewart to #Pirates," he tweeted.
Stewart had spent the last two seasons with the Yankees after being acquired by the Bombers from the San Francisco Giants on April 4, 2012 in exchange for George Kontos; a move that demoted Cervelli to the minor leagues for the majority of the 2012 season.
Stewart spent the 2012 season as primary backup to Russell Martin, hitting .241 in 55 games. In 2013, Stewart's role increased with Martin's departure via free agency and Cervelli suffering a fractured hand, which lead to him playing in 109 games, but because he's not an everyday catcher, got exposed as a very weak-hitting catcher, which is why he only hit .211 with four home runs and 25 games.
Stewart's value is behind the plate as a defensive catcher and known for helping young pitcher develop, which is what he helped the Yankees do over the last two seasons along with the other teams he's played with in his seven years in the majors. Ironically enough, Stewart will again be the backup for Martin in Pittsburgh just like he was with the Yankees; Martin signed a two-year, $19 million deal with the Pirates last November.
With Stewart now out of the picture, Cervelli will battle with Austin Romine in spring training for the backup catcher spot behind McCann on the major league roster.
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