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Pirates to acquire Yankees catcher Chris Stewart

The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the verge of acquiring New York Yankees catcher Chris Stewart, Buster Olney of ESPN Reports. Stewart, 31, hit .211 with 4 home runs and 25 RBIs in 294 at-bats last season for the New York. Stewart appeared in 108 games at catcher and 2 at first base for the Yankees.
In 257 MLB games, Stewart is a career .211/.293/.272 hitter.
Stewart who was a non-tender candidate with the Yankees, projects to make around $1 million in arbitration.
Meanwhile, John Buck won’t be resigned and the Pirates have to decide whether to tender Michael McKenry who is recovering from a knee injury but does have an option left.
McKenry’s future has been up in the air with the Pirates having a cheaper, younger option in Tony Sanchez to backup Russell Martin.
Stewart is considered a superior defensive player to McKenry and Sanchez.

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