Yesterday and today, the Yankees made a couple of deals that will solidify their rotation and also free up a little money.
In yesterday’s deal, the Yanks gave up 4 minor leaguers for Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon, who was close to Gerrit Cole when Cole was with Pittsburgh.
Taillon is 29, a RHP, 6’5″, 230. He missed most of 2019 and all of 2020 because of TJ surgery. In 2018, he went 14-10, 3.20 (ERA+ 122) for the Pirates, leading the majors in CG (2) and shutouts (1).
Like with the recent signing of Corey Kluber, there is great upside, but at risk. The Yanks are hoping both of them are healthy, otherwise…
Taillon has started 82 MLB games, and is 29-24, ERA 3.67 , ERA + 112 (100 is average).
Yajure pitched in 3 games for the Yanks in 2020, and in 7 innings, gave up just 1 run (a HR), 3 Hits, 5 walks and struck out 8. He is a 22 yr. old RHP. He was 14-13, 2.47 in 61 minor league games, 54 starts. To get, you gotta give. Losing Yajure seems like it will hurt.
Contreras, 21, RHP, hasn’t advanced past low A. In 50 minor league games, 47 starts, he is 16-11, 3.25.
Escotto, 18, played in 45 games in the Dominican Summer League in 2019, hitting .315-8-26 with 13 SB.
Smith, 21, hit .307-11-74 with 16 SB for Low A Charleston in 2019.
Today the Yanks sent Adam Ottavino to Boston for a player to be named later or cash considerations. This was a salary dump. Boston will be paying most of Ottavino’s $9MM salary. Ottavino went 6-5, 1.90 with 2 saves in 2019, but had a terrible postseason that carried over into a 2020 season where he went 2-3, 5.89. The righty is 35.
Also going to Boston is minor leaguer Frank German, 23, RHP. 5-8, 3.56 in his minor league career, 30 games, 23 starts.