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Yankees Acquire Zach Britton; Three MiLB Pitchers to Orioles

The shutdown lefty the Yankees needed is here.

With no impact starting pitcher on the market and the top left-handed reliever (Brad Hand) off the market, Brian Cashman swung a deal with the Baltimore Orioles to acquire their dominant closer Zach Britton. Britton comes to the Yanks in exchange for Cody Carroll (AAA, No. 15 prospect), Josh Rogers (AAA, unranked) and Dillon Tate (AA, No. 9 prospect).

Britton gives the Yankees yet another power arm in their bullpen, and a much-needed presence from the left side. Since becoming a full-time reliever in 2014, he has a 1.72 ERA and has racked up 139 saves for Baltimore. The most home runs he has ever allowed in a season is four, and that came in 2014.

Britton relies on three pitches:

  1. Sinker (93.1%) – avg. 94.4 mph
  2. Slider (5.6%) – avg. 80.7 mph
  3. Four Seamer (1.2%) – avg. 93.3 mph

He’ll likely become a co-setup man with Dellin Betances, being used much like Andrew Miller was deployed in 2015 and 2016. He’ll start off as a one-inning guy, having only pitched more than one inning 10 times since the beginning of 2016.

Going the other way are the Yankees’ Nos. 9 and 15 prospects in Tate and Carroll. Rogers is unranked by MLB Pipeline. All three would have been caught up in the inevitable 40-man roster crunch at the end of the year. Brian Cashman normally does his best to maximize their value rather than lose them for nothing in the Rule 5 Draft.

Dillon Tate, the No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft, came to the Yankees at the 2016 trade deadline from the Texas Rangers in the Carlos Beltrán trade alongside Erik Swanson and Nick Green. In 15 starts for Double-A Trenton, he had a 5-2 record and 3.38 ERA. Per his scouting report, “Whether Tate will wind up as a starter or reliever is unclear. Though he throws strikes with all four of his pitches, he doesn’t miss as many bats as he should with his pure stuff, which could play up in shorter stints.”

Cody Carroll was drafted in the 22nd round by the Yankees in 2015. He had nine saves for the RailRiders and a 2.38 ERA in 32 bullpen appearances. He reportedly sits “at 96-98 mph and touches 101” with his fastball. If he can master his mechanics, “he could serve as a high-leverage reliever and perhaps even a closer at the big league level.”

Josh Rogers was an 11th round pick of the Yankees in that same 2015 draft. He really put it together for Triple-A SWB in the first half of the season. He went 5-3 with a stellar 2.45 ERA through the first two months of the season. However, the wheels have fallen off a bit since June began. Rogers has a 1-5 record and 5.85 ERA in nine starts since then. He is known as a crafty lefty, with four pitches that need to be precise in order for him to succeed.

That trade feeling began to arise early in the evening when Tate, who had just been activated from the disabled list with a quad injury, was a healthy scratch for Double-A Trenton. The Yankees had been connected to Britton for a few days, though not in any capacity that would suggest a trade was close. That momentum grew Tuesday morning, and became much more apparent with Tate’s apparent scratch to keep him healthy.

Just like the Jeurys Familia situation in the Bronx last week, Britton did not warm up for the Orioles in a save situation against Boston. He sat in the bullpen one last time and watched Brad Brach get the final three outs in what would prove to be his final few minutes in black and orange.

Yankees Re-Assign 6 Players to Minor League Camp

The cuts include five pitchers and one catcher.

The Yankees have begun to trim the fat at their Spring Training complex in Tampa, as they have re-assigned six players to minor league camp in their first round of cuts. The players are RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Raynel Espinal, LHP Trevor Lane, C Chace Numata, LHP Justus Sheffield and RHP Dillon Tate.

Coshow appeared in five games, and posted a 5.79 ERA through his 4⅔ innings on the bump. He struck out four batters and walked four. MLB Pipeline did not rank him amongst the Yankees’ Top 30 Prospects.

Espinal appeared in three games, with a 2.70 ERA in 3⅓ innings pitched. He struck out four batters compared to just one walk. He, too, does not rank amongst the Yankees’ Top 30 Prospects.

Lane was both a late addition to the list of non-roster invitees, and the Yankees’ Top 30 prospect list. Ranked at No. 30, the lefty did not allow a run in 2⅔ innings. His peripherals weren’t great, however, striking out one batter compared to three walks. Roster Resource projects the University of Illinois at Chicago product to start the season with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

Numata joined the Yankees organization after the Hawaii native joined the Phillies as a 14th-round pick out of high school in 2010. He spent most of his time catching bullpens, going hitless in three at-bats.

Sheffield came into camp ranked as the team’s No. 3 prospect. He showed flashes of brilliance, which then faded into laboring innings where he looked lost. That resulted in a 11.81 ERA in 5⅓ innings. He struck out four compared to three walks. Sheffield likely will start the season with Double-A Trenton again.

Tate, the team’s No. 11 prospect, showed the promise that made him the No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft. His 2.25 ERA in four innings was one of the best marks among Yankees’ pitchers to this point. His three strikeouts to zero walks ratio showed strong command. He figures to start the season with Class-A Advanced Tampa or Double-A Trenton.

These six are just the first to be officially re-assigned to minor league camp. Obviously, the Yankees will travel to Toronto for the season opener with a 25-man roster. There is still plenty of time for players to battle for the available jobs, like second base, third base and the sixth starter role.

Yankees 4, Pirates 1: McKinney Wins It

The outfielder-turned-first-baseman hits the Yankees’ first homer at a perfect moment.

Billy McKinney gets a big moment under his belt early in Spring Training by belting a go-ahead three-run home run to win the Yankees’ matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Bombers opened scoring in the fourth with clutch hitting from an unlikely source: non-roster catcher Erik Kratz. Danny Espinosa and Ronald Torreyes walked, then Kratz singled to right field to score Espinosa for a 1-0 lead.

The Pirates responded with a monstrous solo home run by Gregory Polanco in the fifth inning off right-hander Dillon Tate. That was the extent of the Pirates on the board, however, as their other six hits amounted to nothing.

The score remained knotted at one until the ninth. Jace Peterson walked, Miguel Andújar singled and then McKinney launched his first homer (and the Yankees’ first homer) of the Spring out to right field.

Jonathan Holder pitched around a 1-out double by Cole Tucker in the bottom half of the frame to secure the Yankees’ second victory of the spring.

Next up: the Philadelphia Phillies at their complex in Clearwater.

Game 2: Off to Bradenton

It’s a very different looking Yankees lineup today as the team heads to Bradenton, Fla., to take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at LECOM Field.

Domingo Germán gets the start, looking to put himself on the map as a long-relief or sixth starter option for the team. He appeared in seven games last season, pitching to a 3.14 ERA (3.44 FIP) and an 11.3 strikeouts-per-nine rate. Combined between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he had an 8-6 record, 2.88 ERA and 9.8 strikeouts-per-nine rate.

Scheduled relievers for the Yankees are RHP Adam Warren, RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Jonathan Holder and RHP J.P. Feyereisen.

Only one of today’s starting position players started yesterday, and that is left fielder Clint Frazier. He moves from batting ninth to batting in the cleanup spot. Brandon Drury also makes his Yankees’ debut today after being acquired Tuesday from the Arizona Diamondbacks. No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial gets the start in center field after pinch-running yesterday.

They go up against righty Nick Kingham of the Pirates. He split 2017 between High-A Bradenton and Triple-A Indianapolis, pitching to a 3.95 ERA and a 7.1 strikeouts-per-nine rate. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Kingham has yet to crack the big leagues.

Pirates Lineup:

  1. Josh Harrison – 2B
  2. Gregory Polanco – RF
  3. Starling Marte – CF
  4. David Freese – 3B
  5. Jordy Mercer – SS
  6. Sean Rodriguez – LF
  7. Bryce Brentz – DH
  8. Eric Wood – 1B
  9. Ryan Lavarnway – C

Report: Yankees Interested in Rangers INF Jurickson Profar

As the GM Meetings come to a close in Orlando, Fla., there is an interesting rumbling regarding the Yankees and Texas Rangers. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are intrigued by Rangers’ utility man Jurickson Profar.

Profar has been a disappointment since being billed as the No. 1 prospect in baseball prior to the 2013 season. He has posted a .229/.309/.329 line through 206 games at the big league level. He has yet to play more than 90 games in a season, and missed the 2014 and 2015 seasons due to a shoulder injury.

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But, he does have some redeeming qualities. He has pedigree, and could come into his upside later on in his career. At age-24, he still could “find it” and be a productive player. He has experience at every infield position, and 30 games in left field. That kind of defensive versatility is valuable. Where he would fit in a Yankee organization that has Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade remains to be seen.

Trading for someone like Profar would only make sense if the Yankees can unload a few of their excess 40-man roster pitchers. Guys like Luis Cessa, Giovanny Gallegos, Bryan Mitchell, Caleb Smith and more may be shipped off in a package to open up more 40-man spots for names like Domingo Acevedo, Thairo Estrada and Gleyber Torres.

If the Yankees can open up two or three 40-man roster spots while only taking on Profar (projected to make $1.1 million in arbitration per MLBTradeRumors), that would be a fantastic opportunity to buy low on a player with plenty of pedigree. They did it with Didi Gregorius, and also look to do so with Billy McKinney (Aroldis Chapman trade) and Dillon Tate (Carlos Beltrán trade).

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Carlos Beltrán Discusses Yankee Managerial Opening

Carlos Beltrán has made news in two ways today. First, he announced his retirement after 20 seasons in the Big Leagues. Second, he told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that he would be interested in managing the Yankees if they came calling.

“I would not discount anything; you’re talking about the New York Yankees. You’re not just talking about any team in baseball. Not taking anything away from any other organization, but the Yankees are a team that anyone would love to put on that uniform and manage that ballclub,” Beltrán said.

Beltrán has always been highly regarded for his talent on the field, but also for his work ethic and demeanor in the clubhouse. Plus, he always made himself available to the media. That would check off a lot of boxes for Brian Cashman in his search for Joe Girardi‘s successor in the Bronx.

Beltrán signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees in December 2013, and played in the Bronx until the Trade Deadline in 2016. The Yankees dealt him to the Texas Rangers as part of their rebuild for prospects Dillon Tate (No. 13), Erik Swanson and Nick Green. In 341 games in pinstripes, Beltrán hit .270/.327/.470 with 56 home runs and 180 RBIs.

Though it’s worth noting that Cashman spoke of Beltrán’s interest in managing, it feels unlikely that he would go immediately from playing to managing. Feinsand noted in his column that the 40-year-old wanted to spend more time with his wife, Jessica, and their three children.

Beltrán finishes his career with a .279/.350/.486 batting line to go with 435 home runs and 1,587 RBIs. He also stole 312 bases in his career, with an 86.4 percent success rate. He is a nine-time All-Star, and owns three Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers.

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