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Pirates acquire Francisco Cervelli from Yankees for Justin Wilson

The Bucs traded away LHP Justin Wilson for the Venezuelan catcher.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates have acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees in exchange for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, according to reports from Jon Heyman of and Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Cervelli, 28, is coming off a season with a solid .301/.370/.432 slash line in 146 AB's in 49 games as Brian McCann's backup. He had been in the Yankee organization since 2005 with the Rookie-level GCL Yankees and made his ML debut in 2008. in 2014, he dealt with migraines and hamstring issues but managed to put up his career-best 127 OPS+.

Wilson, 27, is a hard-throwing lefty reliever with a 4.20 ERA in 60.0 IP in 2014. The lefty had a career year in 2013, when he was the primary lefty out of the Pirates bullpen with a 2.08 ERA in 73.2 IP. This past season, his control slipped a bit with a 4.50 BB/9 but he's struck out more than a batter per inning with a 9.15 K/9.

According to Sherman, the Pirates general manager Neal Huntington was contemplating searching for a different catcher in case Russell Martin signed with a different team. Martin could return to the Pirates but Cervelli is very much an option to split time with another ex-Yankee, Chris Stewart, at the position.