Pirates finalize extension with catcher Stewart

Rob Biertempfel
| Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, 3:57 p.m.

The Pirates on Tuesday finalized Chris Stewart's two-year extension, which guarantees the 33-year-old catcher at least $3 million.

According to a source, Stewart will make $1.35 million this year and $1.4 million in 2017. There is a $1.5 million club option or $250,000 buyout for 2018.

A nine-year veteran, Stewart batted .289 last season. He also posted a 2.46 catcher's ERA in 52 games (36 starts) behind the plate.

Also, the Pirates claimed reliever A.J. Schugel off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, right-handed reliever Yoervis Medina was designated for assignment.

Schugel, 25, made his big-league debut last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander worked nine innings over five outings and gave up 13 runs (five earned), walked five and struck out five. Of the 17 hits he allowed, two were home runs.

Schugel was claimed off waivers by Seattle last month.

In 139 games (109 starts) in the minors, Schugel went 32-34 with a 4.04 ERA and 1.38 WHIP and averaged 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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