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.