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.