After jettisoning the southpaw in order to re-sign franchise cornerstone Brett Garnder, the Yankees have traded Stephen Tarpley to the Miami Marlins for minor-league third baseman James Nelson and cash considerations.
The 26-year-old lefty heads to Miami on the heels of a 2019 season that saw him throw 24⅔ innings in the big leagues with a 6.93 ERA (5.69 FIP), 12.41 strikeouts per nine, 5.47 walks per nine and 2.19 homers per nine. With the new three-batter rule coming into play for relief pitchers in 2020, Tarpley’s platoon splits became unpalatable for the Yankees.
As one would expect, Tarpley held lefty hitters to a tidy .164/.270/.236 (.234 wOBA) slashline across his big league career to this point. Things get a bit messier when batters are on the other side of the plate, to the tune of a .378/.474/.634 (.460 wOBA) line.
The lefty Tarpley now goes south to join a significant cast of former Yankees in Miami.
The Yankees acquire cash and infield prospect James Nelson, who was drafted in the 15th round by Miami in 2016. Nelson played in 121 games in 2019 for High-A Jupiter in the Marlins organization, slashing a meager .228/.279/.296 (72 wRC+) line with four homers. He’s just two years removed from a strong year in Low-A that saw him hit .309/.354/.456 (132 wRC+) with 31 doubles, three triples and seven homers.
Nelson will likely begin the year at either High-A Tampa or might be demoted to Low-A Charleston to begin the 2020 season.