By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that they have agreed to terms with Francisco Cervelli on a three-year extension worth $31 million. Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that Cervelli will earn $9 million in 2017, $10.5 million in 2018 and $11.5 million in 2019.
Cervelli was acquired by the Pirates from the New York Yankees prior to last season to replace Russell Martin. In his first season as a regular catcher, Cervelli posted a .370 on base percentage, which was second highest among National League backstops, and had a 3.8 WAR in 130 games played. He was also considered the second best catcher in baseball in terms of pitch framing. So far this year, Cervelli has put up an on base of .386, good for second best among all big league catchers.