The Pirates made the decision over the weekend to buy out Chris Stewart's deal, opting to pay $250,000 rather than the full $1.5 M that he would have otherwise made. Stewart has dealt with injury issues in his career, and those continued in 2017, along with a decline in his production. So while $1.5 M is cheap for a backup catcher, it's not the best investment for a guy with Stewart's question marks.
That's especially the case when they have Elias Diaz out of options and making the league minimum. At the very least, Diaz can be a backup and do the same job that Stewart was doing, for about a third of the price.
But what do the Pirates do with their starting role?
I broke down the issue they have behind the plate in my catcher recap at the end of the year. Francisco Cervelli also h...
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