Yankees Trade Garrett Cooper & Caleb Smith to Marlins for Michael King & Bonus Money

The Yankees 40-man roster count is down to 34. The Yankees traded 1B Garrett Cooper and LHP Caleb Smith to the Miami Marlins for RHP Michael King and 2017-18 international signing bonus pool money.

Cooper was acquired by the Yankees midseason from the Milwaukee Brwers to solidify their revolving door at first base. They traded LHP Tyler Webb to the Brew Crew July 13. Cooper went on to slash .326/.333/.488 with six RBIs in 13 games with the Yankees. He spent time on the 10-day disabled list with left hamstring tendinitis, and was activated Oct. 2. He was promptly reassigned to the Minors because he was not on the postseason roster. In the notoriously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Cooper hit .366/.428/.652 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs through 75 games.

Smith was drafted by the Yankees in the 14th round of the 2013 Amateur Draft. He made his MLB debut this season, working as a starter-longman hybrid. In 9 games (2 starts), he pitched to an inflated 7.71 ERA and ugly 4.8 BB/9. His HR/9 (1.9) also left plenty to be desired. But, the 26-year-old proved he deserved a shot with his performance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In 18 games (17 starts), he was 9-1 with a 2.39 ERA. He will likely compete for the same role he had with the Yankees in Miami.

King was a 12th round pick of the Marlins in the 2016 Amateur Draft. Through 41 minor league appearances (26 starts), he has a 3.31 ERA and 6.3 K/9. He worked exclusively as a starter in 2017 (made just one relief appearance), and posted a respectable 3.14 ERA for the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League. King was not ranked as a Top 30 Prospect for the Marlins by MLB.com

What is also significant is that the Yankees acquired international signing bonus pool money from the Marlins. This money pushes the Yankees closer to the Texas Rangers as the team with the most international signing bonus pool money. The Rangers have $3.535 million, while the Yankees have $3.5 million with this deal. With the possibility of Shohei Ohtani coming to MLB this offseason, the Yankees are looking to gain a financial edge on the other clubs pursuing the two-way star.

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