Continuing their youth movement, the Yanks traded Shawn Kelley to the Padres today for a AA relief prospect.
Kelley went 3-6, 4.53, ERA+ 86 for the Yanks in 2014 with four saves. In his only other year as a Yankee, the 30 year old went 4-2, 4.39, ERA+ 92 in 2013.
For his career, Kelley is 17-17, 3.94, ERA+ 101 (100 is average) with 4 saves.
In return, the Yanks receive a young pitcher who spent the year in AA before getting shut down in June due to an elbow injury.
Johnny Barbato, 22, is a righty pitcher who was 2-2, 2.87, with 16 saves at AA before the elbow injury. In 27 games, 31 1/3 IP, he struck out 33. For his minor league career, Barbato is 12-13, 3.79, 256 K in 249 2/3 IP. Barbato projects as a setup man.
It appears to be another move in order to stockpile young arms for the future (and have players under team control financially) . It appears Cashman may be sacrificing 2015 and 2016 in order to try to build something long lasting for 2017-2025 by going for youth (Eovaldi, Gregorious, Barbato…).
And I have no problem with that.