The Yankees have acquired right-hander Lance Lynn from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Tyler Austin and minor-league righty Luis Rijo. The Twins also sent cash to pay half of the remaining money owed to Lynn.
Adam Warren was traded earlier this afternoon to clear payroll and roster space for Lynn, who likely steps into a similar role with the Yankees now. He will come out of the bullpen for the first time since 2012, where he pitched six games for the St. Louis Cardinals.
This season, Lynn has been struggling. Part of that can be attributed to his lack of Spring Training, since he signed a one-year, $12 million contract with the Twins on March 12. He made his first start for the Twins in the regular season April 2 and still threw 95 pitches.
In his last 12 starts, Lynn has a 6-4 record and 3.74 ERA. I think the Yankees will try the same strategy they have successfully imposed with A.J. Cole, and have Lynn focus on throwing fewer fastballs so that his cutter and curveball can be his primary pitches.
Tyler Austin became expendable once the Yankees acquired Luke Voit from the Cardinals on Saturday for Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve. He was hitting .223/.280/.471 (100 wRC+) with eight home runs and 23 RBI. In 25 International League games for the RailRiders, Austin put up a .247/.311/.495 (122 wRC+) line with five homers. He can play first base and the corner outfield spots, and also has some emergency time at third base on his résumé.
The other piece traded (like because the Twins sent cash) is Luis Rijo, a 19-year-old with seven appearances across three levels (Rookie, Short-A, High-A). He is 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in that time. He was unranked by MLB Pipeline.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Yankees have made another trade, sending first baseman Tyler Austin to the Minnesota Twins. The return is unclear at this point.
Austin was pinch-hit for in the first game of SWB’s doubleheader, and was left out of the lineup for Game Two. The Yankees traded reliever Adam Warren to the Seattle Mariners for international bonus pool money earlier today.
More to come. This is a developing story; please stay tuned for further developments.