Tag: Tim Locastro

Ronald Torreyes Traded to Cubs for PTBNL/Cash

The Ronald Torreyes era is over. After 221 games, the Yankees announced today that they traded the versatile 26-year-old to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later or cash consideration. He had been designated for assignment Monday when the Yankees claimed pitcher Parker Bridwell from the Los Angeles Angels.

Torreyes had grown into a fan favorite since joining the Yankees in 2016 because of his energy and ability to produce as a bench player. He proved exceedingly useful in 2017, when he started the first month of the season at shortstop to allow Didi Gregorius to recover from a shoulder injury. Overall as a Yankee, he hit .281/.308/.373 (80 wRC+) with four home runs and 55 RBIs. He suited up at second base, third base, shortstop and right field for the Yankees.

Though he made a ton of contact, Torreyes provided little value with his offense. He walked 23 times in three seasons (3.8%), and only picked up extra-base hits in 6.4% of his plate appearances. He graded out as an average baserunner, but had little value as a pinch-runner since he only stole four bases in his time as a Yankee.

The real reason Torreyes was dealt appears to be his price tag. He is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter. I think the Yankees were planning to non-tender him if they did not find a destination by this Friday’s deadline. MLB Trade Rumors projected he would make $900K in his first go-around. The Yankees have way cheaper options for the utility-man bench role (Hanser Alberto, Thairo Estrada, Tim Locastro Tyler Wade, etc.) and Torreyes became the odd man out.

I’m expecting Toe will get a big hand at Old Timer’s Day at some point down the road. Only time will tell if Chicago is his final destination this offseason, as Torreyes has bounced around in the past. The Yankees acquired Torreyes along with lefty Tyler Olson in January 2016, but he got claimed by the Angels off waivers a week later. A week after that, the Yankees claimed him back from Los Angeles and the rest is history. For now, he’s a Cub. In February, we’ll see where he’s suiting up for Spring Training.

Yankees Acquire Tim Locastro From Dodgers

The 40-man roster is now full.

The Yankees swung a minor trade Wednesday, acquiring outfielder Tim Locastro from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for RHP Drew Finley and cash considerations. Locastro was added to the 40-man roster, which is now at 40 players.

The Dodgers had designated Locastro for assignment to clear 40-man roster space and got something back for him. The 26-year-old saw just 15 plate appearances with the Dodgers, spending most of his time with Triple-A Oklahoma City. In the MLB, he hit .182/.357/.273 (91 wRC+). He stole four bases and was not caught once.

For Oklahoma City, he hit .279/.389/.409 (118 wRC+) and stole 18 bases in 20 opportunities. Not a huge power guy, but clearly plays the speed game well. He suited up at first base, second base, left field and center field in 2018. He’s also logged time at shortstop and in right field. He still has two minor-league options remaining, and will not be arbitration eligible until 2022.

Finley was the Yankees’ third-round pick in 2015, and he repeated in Short-Season A-ball for the third consecutive season in 2018. He was promoted to Low-A Charleston in 2016, but got hurt and his rehab assignment in Staten Island turned into a permanent assignment. In 16 games in 2018, he had a 2-4 record, 7.24 ERA, 10.9 K/9 and 6.6 BB/9.

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