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Yanks made minor deal for Locastro. Ex-Yankee Grba dies.

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So the Yanks DFA’d Tim Locastro when they signed D.J. Lamahieu the other day.

Today they traded Locastro to AZ for a minor league pitcher, Ronald Roman. So they did get something for Locastro.

Roman, a long shot, is a LHP, but only 17.

In other news, Eli Grba died at the age of 84.

Grba was only with the Yanks in 1959 and 1960. In 6 starts and 13 relief appearances in 1959, he went 2-5, 6.44, ERA+ 57.

In 1960 he was 6-4, 3.68 in 9 starts and 15 relief appearances, ERA+ 98. What is odd, is that he shows a postseason batting appearance in the 1960 WS but not a postseason pitching appearance.

He did not bat. In Game 6, in the top of the second, Elston Howard was hit by a pitch, could not continue, and Grba pinch-ran. This was all with one out. After Bobby Richardson flied out, Whitey Ford singled in a run, Clete Boyer struck out, and Johnny Blanchard then went in to catch.

The Yanks lost Grba after the 1960 season to the Los Angeles Angels via the expansion draft. He went 11-13, 4.25 in 1961 (30 starts, 10 relief appearances) and 8-9, 4.54 in 1962 (29 starts, 11 relief appearances). He only pitched in 12 games in 1963 and his career was over.

28-33, ERA 4.48, ERA+ 90.


1996 WS MVP Wetteland arrested

Yankee Stadium Frieze

This is the kind of story you never want to write.

John Wetteland, the MVP of the 1996 WS with the Yankees, was arrested and charged with child sexual abuse.

Wetteland, 52, pitched in the majors from 1989-2000 with the Dodgers (1989-1991), Expos (1992-1994) Yankees (1995-1996) and Rangers (1997-2000). He was a 3x All Star who went 48-45, 2.93 in his MLB career with 330 saves and an ERA of 2.93 (ERA+ 148).

He got MVP consideration four times, and CYA consideration once.

In 1996 he led the AL in saves with 43.

In postseason play, he was 0-1, 4.82 with seven saves. He saved all four of the Yankees’ wins in the 1996 WS.

Sad. Despicable.

In other news, the Yanks DFA’d Tim Locastro when they signed D.J. LaMahieu.

Yanks make minor deal.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From the NY Post:

The Yankees acquired outfielder Tim Locastro from the Dodgers on Wednesday for minor league right-hander Drew Finley and $75,000.

The 26-year-old Locastro made his big-league debut with the Dodgers in 2017, appearing in three games, and hit .182 (2 for 11) this year with one double and four steals in 18 games, including three starts in center field. He batted .286 with 23 doubles, four homers, 29 RBIs and 19 steals in the minors this year, mostly at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Locastro is a native of Auburn, New York, and played at Ithaca College.

Finley, 22, spent the past three seasons with the Class A Staten Island Yankees and was 2-4 with a 7.24 ERA this year in one start and 15 relief appearances.

Locastro has played in only 21 MLB games, going 2 for 12 (.167) with 5 SB. A .292 hitter in the minors, it appears he has little power, about 7 HR, 50 HR per year if about 120 games, but has some speed, about 40 SB a year if at that pace. Bats righty.  Mostly 2B, CF and SS.  Put on the 40 man, now full. Basically minor league depth. Of course, with future moves and free agent signings, that 40 man will be very flexible this offseason.