Last night I mentioned that the Pittsburgh Pirates had previously expressed interest in Francisco Cervelli multiple times. They finally acquired him from the Yankees yesterday for Justin Wilson. Joel Sherman reports that this isn't the first time a Wilson/Cervelli deal was proposed.

I'm guessing that by "two years ago", he means for the 2012 season, since that's when the rumors started with Cervelli. The Pirates might have been better off making that deal, rather than signing Rod Barajas. Wilson was still a starting prospect at the time, but made the switch to the bullpen at the end of the year and got a September call-up in Pittsburgh. It appears both teams still maintained interest in each player, and the circumstances chan...

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