Yankees Acquire Relief Pitcher Wilson From Pirates for CervelliDex McLuskey
The New York Yankees acquired relief pitcher Justin Wilson from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for backup catcher Francisco Cervelli.
The arrival of Wilson, 27, may indicate New York wants more time to develop Jacob Lindgren, a left-hander out of Mississippi State it took with its first pick in June’s draft.
The departure of Cervelli, who batted .301 in 49 Major League Baseball games last season, also suggests the Yankees have pegged J.R. Murphy as the favored backup to catcher Brian McCann.
Russell Martin is the top free-agent catcher on the market and declined a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Pirates on Nov. 10, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Martin wants a deal in the range of those signed by McCann, Miguel Montero of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals, which were all for five years and between $60 million and $85 million, the Post-Gazette said.
Wilson, a left-hander, went 6-1 with a 2.08 earned run average in 2013 and finished 3-4 with a 4.20 ERA last season. Selected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round of the 2008 draft, he is 9-5 with a 2.99 ERA in 136 appearances in three major league seasons.