Pirates acquire catcher Francisco Cervelli from Yankees

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As first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Pirates have acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees. Joel Sherman at the New York Post confirms the news and says left-handed reliever Justin Wilson is headed to the Yankees in return.

This likely signals the end of the Russell Martin era in Pittsburgh, if that wasn’t already apparent. The free agent backstop reportedly wants something similar to the five-year, $85 million deal that Brian McCann received from the Yankees last winter.

Cervelli had an excellent .301/.370/.432 batting line this past season with New York, but that high-level production came in just 49 games. He was a .271/.343/.367 career hitter heading into 2014.

Wilson was one of the most effective relievers in baseball in 2013, posting a 2.08 ERA across 73 2/3 innings, but the 27-year-old southpaw regressed to a 4.20 ERA in 60 innings this past summer for Pittsburgh.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.