NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Yankees announced on Monday morning that the club has traded catcher Chris Stewart to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named.
Stewart appeared in 109 games for the Yankees in 2013. He is known for his strong fielding abilities. Stewart threw out 17 runners, the fifth-highest total in the American League.
The 31-year-old catcher batted .211 with four home runs and 25 RBI in 294 at bats.
To make room for Stewart on the 40-man roster, the Pirates on Monday designated catcher Mike McKenry for assignment. McKenry hit .217 in 41 games last season for Pittsburgh before tearing cartilage in his left knee in July.
Stewart will contend with former first-round pick Tony Sanchez as the primary backup to ex-Yankee Russell Martin when spring training opens in February.
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