With tonight’s 8 p.m. Eastern Time deadline for teams to set their 40-man rosters for the Rule 5 draft fast approaching, the Yankees swung another trade to open a spot. They sent RHP Ronald Herrera to the Texas Rangers in exchange for LHP Reiver Sanmartín.
Herrera made his big-league debut during the 2017 Road Trip From Hell™️, throwing three total innings to a 6.00 ERA. The 22-year-old made the jump from Double-A directly to the Yankees since most of the Scranton Shuttle pitchers were hurt or had not been down for 10 days. Across three MiLB levels in 2017, Herrera made 14 starts. He pitched to a 1.91 ERA with a 6.8 K/9. He was limited to just 75⅓ innings due to injuries.
Reiver Sanmartín is a lefty who pitched in 14 games (11 starts) between Short Season-A and Low-A in the Rangers system. In his age-21 season, he went 7-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 7.6 K/9 rate. Sanmartín profiles as a reliever, and will likely start the season with the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs. He will not be Rule 5 eligible until December 2018.
The Yankees’ 40-man roster now sits at 36 with less than four hours until the deadline. Eligible players that are not on the 40-man roster can be selected by other teams in the Rule 5 draft. If selected, the team would pay the Yankees a sum per player and would be required to keep them on the active roster all season. If they cannot keep the player on the active roster, the team would be required to return the player to the Yankees.