The Yankees achieved two goals simultaneously as they cleared a Rule-5-eligible pitcher and acquired surplus international bonus money by trading J.P. Feyereisen to the Milwaukee Brewers for Brenny Escanio and international signing bonus pool money.
Feyereisen was part of the deal that sent Andrew Miller to Cleveland in 2016, and was having one of his most statistically strong seasons in his first full year at the Triple-A level. He owned a 2.49 ERA and career-best 13.8 K/9 at the back end of the bullpen for the RailRiders. He picked up seven saves in 40 appearances. The 26-year-old made a few appearances at Spring Training over the years, but it appears his path to major league innings is now best served in Milwaukee. It’s unclear if Feyereisen will join the Brewers or report to Triple-A San Antonio.
Not much is known about Escanio, who the Brewers signed as the new international signing period opened July 2 of this year. He’s not eligible to play until next season and will likely head to the Yankees complex in the Domincian Republic to begin his professional baseball path. The 16-year-old is listed as a switch-hitting shortstop.
The Yankees appear to be stockpiling more international money to pursue a target most overlooked in infielder Enger Castellanos. The team, of course, notably spent the vast majority of this year’s bonus pool on Jasson Dominguez, but lost out on Jhon Díaz (linked to Yankees as recently as July 2) to Tampa Bay.