Yankees trade backup catcher Chris Stewart to Pirates

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Chris Stewart is headed to Pittsburgh.
Chris Stewart is headed to Pittsburgh. (USATSI)

Backup catcher Chris Stewart is headed to Pittsburgh, as the Yankees have traded him to the Pirates for a player to be named later=. The Yankees officially announced the move Monday morning.

Stewart, 31, will be reunited with former Yankees and current Pirates catcher Russell Martin, as Stewart backed him up in the Bronx in 2012. Stewart hit .211/.293/.272 with six doubles and four homers in 109 games last season. He's a quality defensive backup who can't hit, so pretty run of the mill for a second-string catcher.

Shortly after the move, the Pirates announced that they have designated catcher Michael McKenry for assignment, which seemed a rather obvious move after acquiring Stewart.

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