Yankees Acquire Ronald Roman From Arizona for Tim Locastro

So long, Tim Locastro. We hardly knew you. After designating the 26-year-old for assignment in order to officially sign DJ LeMahieu, the Yankees dealt him to the Arizona Diamondbacks for 17-year-old lefty Ronald Roman and cash considerations.

Locastro came to the Yankees from the Los Angeles Dodgers as the latter unloaded him ahead of the 40-man roster deadline in November. The Yankees gave up 2015 third-round pick Drew Finley and cash to acquire him. Locastro, who had become redundant with the signing of LeMahieu and the presence of Thairo Estrada in the minors, hit .279/.389/.409 (118 wRC+) for Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Dodgers organization in 2018.

This is where things get interesting: Roman has yet to pitch in a professional game. The Diamondbacks signed him July 2 as soon as the new international signing period opened. All we know is that he’s a lefty, is 6’3″ and weighs 185 pounds. Roman, who hails from Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, will likely start the 2019 season with the Yankees rookie affiliate in the Dominican Summer League.

I’d imagine the Yankees acquired cash from Arizona because they had traded cash to Los Angeles for Locastro in the first place. That would, I assume, make the two deals financially neutral.

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