The Yankees swung a minor trade Wednesday, acquiring outfielder Tim Locastro from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for RHP Drew Finley and cash considerations. Locastro was added to the 40-man roster, which is now at 40 players.
The Dodgers had designated Locastro for assignment to clear 40-man roster space and got something back for him. The 26-year-old saw just 15 plate appearances with the Dodgers, spending most of his time with Triple-A Oklahoma City. In the MLB, he hit .182/.357/.273 (91 wRC+). He stole four bases and was not caught once.
For Oklahoma City, he hit .279/.389/.409 (118 wRC+) and stole 18 bases in 20 opportunities. Not a huge power guy, but clearly plays the speed game well. He suited up at first base, second base, left field and center field in 2018. He’s also logged time at shortstop and in right field. He still has two minor-league options remaining, and will not be arbitration eligible until 2022.
Finley was the Yankees’ third-round pick in 2015, and he repeated in Short-Season A-ball for the third consecutive season in 2018. He was promoted to Low-A Charleston in 2016, but got hurt and his rehab assignment in Staten Island turned into a permanent assignment. In 16 games in 2018, he had a 2-4 record, 7.24 ERA, 10.9 K/9 and 6.6 BB/9.