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Pirates Prioritizing Finding a Catcher, Yankees a Match

Pirates Prioritizing Finding a Catcher, Yankees a Match

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have prioritized finding a catcher this off-season, and speculates that the New York Yankees could be a match.  Sherman mentions that the Yankees are expected to keep Russell Martin, and that Jesus Montero will be his primary backup.  He says that the Yankees could dangle Austin Romine, although they prefer him at AAA as a Plan B to Montero.

The guy that Sherman says the Yankees would trade is Francisco Cervelli.  We heard rumors in July that the Pirates and Yankees had discussions about Cervelli.  Sherman wonders whether the Pirates, or any other team, would view him as a potential starter or a safe acquisition due to his concussion issues.

It's doubtful that Cervelli would cost much, although he's not much of an upgrade over the current options in the system.  Romine would be the better choice, although he's far from a guarantee for success in 2012, since he'd basically be making the jump from AA to the major...

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