The Pirates have prioritized finding a catcher this offseason, which could make them a match with the Yankees. The Yankees are expected to keep Russell Martin, who cannot be a free agent until after the 2012 season, and try to make Jesus Montero his primary backup.
The Yankees can dangle Austin Romine, but they would like to put him at Triple-A as an option in case Montero cannot handle major league catching.
The Yankees would definitely trade Francisco Cervelli, but will the Pirates or any other team look at him as a potential starter and also feel he is a safe acquisition after incurring a series of concussions?
This all sounds well and good, but the Yankees need pitching and the Pirates don’t exactly have a lot of attractive options. Mike Axisa of River Ave Blues examined a possible match up with the Pirates and Yankees and came away with little to like. He did identify pitchers Charlie Morton and James McDonald, but wasn’t even enthusiastic about them saying neither would solidify a rotation, especially in the AL East.
It is possible that the Yankees and Pirates could find a third team to make a deal with. That way they could package Cervelli or Romine with other prospects and get the pitching that they desire.
We’ll keep an eye between any possible talks between the Pirates and the Yankees, especially around December during the Winter Meetings.