As has become tradition for Brian Cashman, the Yankees are starting to empty the upper ranks of their minor-league team to create playing time and acquire international signing bonus pool money. The Yankees traded first baseman/corner outfielder Ryan McBroom to Kansas City for international signing bonus pool money and a player to be named later or cash considerations.
McBroom, orginally acquired by the Yankees in 2017 for then-DFA’d Rob Refsnyder, was having one of the best seasons of his life for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was hitting .315/.402/.574 (146 wRC+) with 26 home runs while playing mostly first base and right field. McBroom was seleced as an International League postseason All-Star for his performance.
Fortunately for McBroom, this trade represents another new beginning for the 27-year-old. Jeffrey Flanagan, who covers the Royals for MLB.com, reported that McBroom would not report to Triple-A Omaha but rather directly to the Royals to finally crack the big-league roster. That’s an opportunity he likely would not get with the Yankees running with Mike Ford and Luke Voit at first base and Edwin Encarnación close to a return.
The international money will go to good use after the Yanks lost outfielder Jhon Díaz to the Rays. The Yankees were listed as the favorites for MLB Pipeline’s No. 18 player in this year’s international class. The only unsigned player remaining in Pipeline’s Top 30 international prospects is 17-year-old Cuban shortstop Yiddi Cappe, and it is “uncertain if he will sign during the upcoming period or wait until July 2, 2020, to sign.”