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The Pirates are close to acquiring catcher Chris Stewart from the Yankees

Dec 2, 2013, 9:22 AM EDT

In the future, every Pirates catcher will have played for the Yankees the season before:

 

Stewart is superfluous now that the Yankees have signed Brian McCann. And he’s pretty bad even if they didn’t sign McCann, having hit .211/.293/.272 in over 300 plate appearances for New York last season. And that’s no aberration. It’s pretty much his career line in seven seasons in the majors.

Organizational depth for Pittsburgh, roster space for the Yankees and likely nothing of value going back to Gotham in exchange.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Stewart seems like a good guy, and really shouldn’t be faulted for the Yankees organization miscasting him as a starting catcher. Who knows, he may have just increased his chances of reaching the playoffs in 2014

  2. steelers88 - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Why? The Pirates already have a back up catcher in Tony Sanchez. Tony is most likely going to be the starter next year. So it would be wise of the Pirates to use Sanchez as a backup this year so he can gain MLB experience this year.

    • spudchukar - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      And isn’t McKenry, who was shelved due to a knee blow-out still on the roster. Shouldn’t he be fully recovered by April? Probably not giving up much, but still pretty much of a lateral move.

      • nderdog - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        I like Fort, he’s a great guy, but he’s not who I want behind home plate when the game is on the line. Martin and Sanchez is a nice combo. When Martin moves on, Tony should be about ready to assume his role. McKenry is a serviceable backup in a pinch, but that’s about it.

      • spudchukar - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        I get that, but Stewart is hardly an improvement. Maybe, slightly above average behind the dish, but little offensive contribution. I guess he will either be utilized as a 3rd catcher, or AAA call-up, but if he is on the 25 man roster, he is a pinch-hitting nightmare.

        Doesn’t matter now. Just read the Pirates are non-tendering Fort, and he may end up somewhere else, and the Buccos brass was just acquiring insurance, that won’t cost a valuable prospect.

      • apkyletexas - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        @spudchukar – you probably just answered your own question – the Fort may not be back to start the season.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    So, you’re saying that it’s unlikely that the Yankees get McCutcheon back in return then?

    • spudchukar - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Lawence maybe.

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