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Yankees Acquire Catcher Jose Trevino from Rangers

The Yankees’ catching situation heading into Opening Day got a little clearer this Saturday evening as the team traded pitchers Albert Abreu and Robert Ahlstrom to the Texas Rangers for catcher Jose Trevino.

Trevino, who just turned 29 in November and hails from Corpus Christi, Texas, was drafted by Texas in the 6th round of the 2014 draft out of Oral Roberts University. He has spent his entire professional career with the Rangers, having debuted in the majors on June 15, 2018. Since then, he’s appeared in 156 games and has hit .245/.270/.364/.634 (70 OPS+). Defense is where Trevino shines, having ranked third in the majors in Statcast framing runs last year:

He’ll slot in as the backup to Kyle Higashioka with Ben Rortvedt injured.

Albert Abreu–who, despite great stuff could never stick–is gone to Texas along with lefty Robert Ahlstrom, whom the Yankees picked in the 7th round in 2021. He was not on Baseball America’s top-40 Yankee prospects, but was the highest-unranked lefty pitcher:

The implication of the trade is clearly that the Yankees are doubling down on defense behind the dish in the wake of trading Gary Sanchez to the Twins. If nothing else, though, Trevino likely passes the ‘better than Rob Brantly’ test, so there’s that.

Welcome to the Bronx, Jose!

Yankees trade Luke Voit to Padres for prospect Justin Lange

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It didn’t take long for the Yankees to answer my question from yesterday. The Yankees announced that they have traded Luke Voit to the Padres in exchange for pitching prospect Justin Lange.

Voit mashed in four seasons with the Yankees, posting a .271/.363/.520 (137 OPS+) batting line. He led the AL in homers in 2020 when he also finished 9th in MVP voting. Pretty impressive for a guy who was a Quad-A slugger for St. Louis before the Yankees acquired him mid-2018. Voit represented one of many under the radar finds that the front office made in 2018 and 2019, and also became a fan favorite.

Report: Yankees sign Anthony Rizzo to two year deal

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Anthony Rizzo will return to the Yankees for at least one more season according to multiple reports. It’s a two year deal worth $32 million, but Rizzo can opt out after the 2022 season (Jesse Rogers). This move officially takes the Yankees out of the running for Freddie Freeman. Apparently, the Yankees “grew weary” of waiting on Freeman’s decision (Brendan Kuty). And yet, they also fear he could go to Boston (Jon Heyman). Goodness gracious, the optics of this are awful.

All this isn’t meant to be a slight on Rizzo, who’s still a good player. PECOTA projects a .257/.364/.444 (119 DRC+) and slightly above average defense. I’ll take that right now. Plus, he fit in well with the team after the trade deadline last summer. It’s just that…there were better options out there in Freeman and Matt Olson.

Yankees acquire Donaldson, Kiner-Falefa, and Rortvedt from Twins for Sánchez and Urshela

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It’s official: the Yankees have acquired Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, and Ben Rortvedt from the Twins in exchange Gary Sánchez and Gio Urshela. A stunner, to put it lightly. It’s a move that feels like it must precede a couple of other transactions that remain to be seen.

The deal crosses off one task from the offseason to do list: get a shortstop. No, it’s not the one any of us wanted in Carlos Correa or Trevor Story. Kiner-Falefa is the stopgap shortstop until one of Oswald Peraza or Anthony Volpe are ready.

Additionally, as odd of a fit as it seems, Donaldson does offer a boost to the offense, which the team certainly needed after last year. How he’ll get along with Gerrit Cole remains to be seen. There are concerns about Donaldson’s age (36) and health, too.

MLB and MLBPA agree on new CBA — Here’s where the Yankees stand

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At long last, the lockout is over. There will be Major League Baseball this year and there will be a full 162 game schedule. The Players Association voted to approve the ownership group’s latest counteroffer, setting the stage for ratification later today. After that, players will report this weekend and Opening Day will be April 7th. For the Yankees, that will be against the Red Sox, no less.

It’s been a long time — 99 days to be exact — since there’s been any substantive transaction talk. I don’t blame you if you’ve forgotten much of what the Yankees did pre-lockout, because I sure have (not that they actually did anything significant, but that’s another story). So, now seems like a good time to get back up to speed. First, let’s break down some of the key reported components of the new CBA and how they affect the Yankees, and then recap all of the Bombers’ transactions from months ago.

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