Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Pitcher Justin Wilson To Yankees For Catcher Francisco Cervelli


Aug 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli (29) hits an RBI single during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli on Wednesday night for left-hander relief pitcher Justin Wilson.

The trade has been reported by Jeff Todd of MLBTradeRumors.com, Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Cervelli, who will turn 29 in March, played in 49 games in 2014 for the Yankees. He had 146 at-bats and hit .301 with two home runs and 13 RBI. Matt Swartz of MLBTradeRumors.com has Cervelli projected at a $1.1 million salary for 2015.

If free agent Russell Martin does not return, it would be presumed that the Venezuela native would go to spring training in Bradenton with Chris Stewart and Tony Sanchez to see who would emerge with the starting job.

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In 2014, Wilson, 27, went 3-4 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP for the Bucs. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound lefty struck out 61 and walked 30 over 60 innings pitched. He was 6-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 2013. Wilson is a year shy of arbitration eligibility.

From The Clipboard: The Pirates and the Rockies exchanged right-handed pitchers on Tuesday as Pittsburgh sent Shane Carle to Colorado for Rob Scahill. The Bucs added Scahill to the 40-man roster.

Scahill, 27, was 1-0 with a 4.80 ERA in 12 relief appearances for the Rockies in 2014. He also put up a 4.32 ERA in 41 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Carle, 20, was the Pirates’ 10th-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. He went 4-8 with a 3.67 ERA in 23 minor league starts last season.