For whatever it's worth, the New York Post reports that at the trade deadline, the Pirates nearly dealt Brad Lincoln to the Yankees for catcher Francisco Cervelli.
According to two Pirates sources, the Yankees came close to dealing Francisco Cervelli to the Pirates for pitcher Brad Lincoln. That would have cleared a spot for Montero.
"It was very close but couldn’t agree on the value of the players,’’ a source said.
I'm guessing the Pirates probably wanted more than just Cervelli, and the Yankees balked. The idea of it, though, does make some sense. The Pirates wanted a catcher they could keep for multiple years, and they had at least some pitching depth. Unfortunately, Cervelli isn't much of a hitter, so maybe it's just as well.
Thanks to Pinstripe Alley.