Chris Stewart has inspired enough confidence in the Pirates for the team to give him a two-year contract worth $3 million. The backup catcher has hit .292 in 295 at-bats for the club since 2014.

PITTSBURGH (AP) Catcher Chris Stewart and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract that avoids salary arbitration, a deal that includes a 2018 club option.

Stewart will make $1.35 million this year and $1.4 million in 2017 under Tuesday's agreement. The Pirates' option is at $1.5 million with a $250,000 buyout.

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