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Report: Yankees trade Adam Ottavino to Red Sox

Here’s something you don’t see too often: the Yankees and Red Sox have struck a deal. Adam Ottavino has been shipped out to Boston in what assuredly is a salary dump. Ottavino is due $8 million in 2021 and a $3 million signing bonus in 2022, of which Boston will pay all but $850,000. For doing the Yanks this favor, the Red Sox also acquired prospect Frank German, a right handed pitcher.

This move subtracts $8.15 million from the Yankees’ payroll for luxury tax purposes (Ottavino’s hit was $9 million, now reduced by the $850k). You have to figure that this is a precursor to more activity coming, such as a reunion with Brett Gardner.

Additionally, this trade clears up another 40-man spot. The Yanks now have two open, so the DJ LeMahieu and Corey Kluber deals will likely become official in short order.

Ottavino initially signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Yankees ahead of the 2019 season. The righty posted a 2.76 ERA in 84.2 innings with the Bombers, his hometown team. He was often inconsistent and didn’t have complete trust of his manager Aaron Boone, as evidenced by sparse usage in the last two postseasons.

German, 23, was the Yankees’ 4th round pick in 2018 and is Rule 5 eligible this winter. He last pitched in High-A in 2019 and recorded a 3.79 ERA and 4.19 FIP in 76 innings. He was the club’s 24th-best prospect per MLB Pipeline.

This is the first trade between the two sides since the Stephen Drew for Kelly Johnson swap in 2014. Before that, the last trade between the Yanks and Boston occurred in 1997.

Yankees Acquire Jameson Taillon from Pirates

Friends, it is a done deal. After a few writers on both the Pirates and Yankees beats reported a deal was done, Jeff Passan came in with the details. The trade involves Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras, Maikel Escotto, and Caanan Smith on the Yanks side:

I like this trade a lot. First, the package feels right for a pitcher of Taillon’s caliber with injury concerns. It’s a quantity-over-quality package, really. I don’t mean to take anything away from them, some of whom I liked a bit, but they’re mid-level prospects. For what it’s worth, MLB’s Pipeline ranks Yajure 15th, Contreras 19th, and Smith 21st without ranking Escotto in the Yankees system. Feels fair to me.

Second, it starts to clear a very real 40-man backlog. As I noted earlier today, Yajure and Contreras are each on the 40-man. The Yankees will still need to clear one spot, but Taillon is a smart use of 40-man consolidation. None of them were likely to help the Yanks in 2021. Taillon, of course, will. I’ll have detailed thoughts on this shortly, but I love Taillon as an acquisition. For more on him, check out what Derek wrote on him back in December for a quick refresher.

This is a very exciting move that has the potential to really shore up the rotation. Good stuff, Yankees.

2020 Trade Deadline Thread

  • 4:00 p.m. EDT: Ding ding ding. Nothing for the Yankees today, unless we get a surprise late announcement like the Zack Greinke trade last year.
  • 3:40 p.m. EDT: Cashman has a few “narrowed-down” talks for relievers and position players. (Brendan Kuty)
  • 3:39 p.m. EDT: Boston makes a move. Kevin Pillar goes to the Rockies. (Mark Feinsand)
  • 3:34 p.m. EDT: Old friend alert. Milwaukee traded David Phelps to the Phillies. He reunites with another old friend, Joe Girardi. (Ken Rosenthal)
  • 3:19 p.m. EDT: The Yankees aren’t optimistic about getting a deal done, though they’ve been in touch on Gausman, Bundy, and Lynn. (Heyman)
  • 2:58 p.m. EDT: Another deal: Jonathan Villar from Miami to Toronto. (Ken Rosenthal)
  • 2:56 p.m. EDT: The Marlins are close to landing Marte. Take him off the Yankees’ wish list. (Craig Mish)
  • 2:22 p.m. EDT: The Diamondbacks appear likely to move OF Starling Marte for the best deal they can get by 4 p.m. The team does not intend to pick up his 2021 option, so a trade will have to do. (Joel Sherman)
  • 2:07 p.m. EDT: Texas “would love” to get Deivi García for Lynn. Duh. (T.R. Sullivan)
  • 1:52 p.m. EDT: The Blue Jays have acquired LHP Robbie Ray from Arizona. He’s been awful this year, but has been connected to the Yankees in the past. (Rob Longley)
  • 1:41 p.m. EDT: The Yankees have checked in on RHP Kevin Gausman. (Heyman)
  • 1:05 p.m. EDT: The Yankees have been in touch with the Rangers over the last 48 hours regarding Lynn. (Jon Morosi)
  • 12:40 p.m. EDT: The Rangers could be motivated to trade RHP Lance Lynn. The team may regret not dealing Minor last year, so they don’t want to make that mistake with Lynn while his value is high. (Joel Sherman)
  • 12:31 p.m. EDT: Another trade: LHP Mike Minor from the Rangers to the A’s for two players to be named later. Mark another pitcher off the board who could have fit the Yankees. (Jeff Passan)
  • 12:25 p.m. EDT: Radio silence in terms of Yankees-related rumors at this point. As per Martino’s report linked below, it sure seems possible that the Yankees don’t make any moves.
  • 11:15 a.m. EDT: Clevinger is off to San Diego. Cross one target off the Yankees’ list. (Robert Murray)
  • 10:25 a.m. EDT: The prices are too high for the Yankees at the moment. They’re not anywhere close on RHP Mike Clevinger or RHP Lance Lynn. It’s also not clear if San Francisco will move RHP Kevin Gausman. (Andy Martino)

T-minus six hours until the 4 p.m. EDT trade deadline. A number of trades went down yesterday — none of them involving the Yankees — and a few more are sure to occur today. We’ll update this post for any deals made and rumors involving the Yankees throughout the day. Here are the latest Yankees-related rumors:

  • The Yankees have talked to the Brewers about LHP Josh Hader, but there’s “no traction” there. They’ve also checked in on RHP Mike Clevinger. (Jon Heyman)
  • CF Starling Marte is on the Yankees’ radar. (Joel Sherman)
  • A deal for Marte could be expanded to include LHP Robbie Ray and/or RHP Archie Bradley. (Heyman)
  • The Yanks are reluctant to add any more salary via trade, which could make a Marte (or any other trade) complicated. (Ken Rosenthal)

To get you up to speed on official transactions, here are the moves from yesterday:

  • Boston traded 1B Mitch Moreland to San Diego for prospects 3B Hudson Potts and CF Jeisson Rosario.
  • Tampa Bay dealt DH José Martínez to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.
  • Baltimore sent RHP Mychal Givens to Colorado in return for minor leaguers 1B/3B Tyler Nevin, SS Terrin Vavra, and a player to be named later.
  • The Angels moved C Jason Castro to San Diego for RHP Gerardo Reyes.
  • Seattle swapped UTIL Austin Nola, RHP Austin Adams, and RHP Dan Altavilla to San Diego for IF Ty France, C Luis Torrens, RHP Andres Munoz, and top OF prospect Taylor Trammell.
  • Baltimore dealt LHP Tommy Milone to Atlanta for a player to be named later.

Yankees trade Stephen Tarpley to Marlins

It didn’t take long for the Yankees to find a taker for left-handed reliever Stephen Tarpley. Just a few days after the team designated Tarpley for assignment in order to make room for Brett Gardner, Tarpley is off to the Marlins.

Tarpley, 26, was originally acquired from the Pirates in the Iván Nova back in 2016. He made his big league debut for the Yankees in 2018 and was pretty effective: in 9 innings, he struck out 13 and allowed just three runs. This year, however, Tarpley struggled. In 24 2/3 innings, he recorded a 6.93 ERA and 5.69 FIP.

The southpaw was an intriguing relief prospect considering his sky-high ground ball rates in the minors. However, the league’s new three-batter minimum rule probably will hinder his effectiveness going forward. He’s allowed a .460 wOBA against righties compared to a .235 against lefties in his brief big league career. Nonetheless, he should get an opportunity in the Marlins bullpen.

Nelson, a 22 year-old third baseman, was the Marlins’ 15th round pick back in 2016. He’s not on MLB Pipeline’s top-30 Miami prospects, but did get a brief mention in Fangraphs’ Marlins list:

Nelson is the most athletic of this [other prospects of note] group and has a body built for longevity but he hasn’t performed at all since his odd breakout, which we’re now several seasons removed from.

That breakout referenced was in 2017, when Nelson hit .309/.354/.456 (132 wRC+) in Single-A as a 19 year-old. But since then, he has a measly 66 wRC+ all in High-A. He was also Rule 5 eligible this winter, but obviously not selected. Clearly, he’s stalled out and not much a prospect at the moment, which is just about all the Yankees could have expected to get in this scenario.

Yankees deal Chance Adams to the Royals

Some sort of trade involving Chance Adams was inevitable after the team designated the 25 year-old righty for assignment last week. As expected, the Yankees didn’t fetch much. In exchange for Adams, the Royals sent the Yankees shortstop Cristian Perez, who topped out in High-A with Kansas City.

The Royals are a great opportunity for Adams get his career back on track. Kauffman Stadium was one of the hardest parks to hit a home run in last year and Adams is an extreme fly ball pitcher. Plus, Kansas City won’t be in contention in 2020. That means they can give Adams an extended look that the Yankees weren’t going to offer.

In Perez, the Yankees get a light-hitting shortstop. The 21 year-old hit .252/.290/.285 (68 wRC+) for the Wilmington Blue Rocks this season, which is the Royals’ High-A affiliate. There’s clearly not much there offensively, but the good news is that he makes plenty of contact (11.3 percent strikeout rate). Additionally, he’s an “instinctive defender” per the Fangraphs prospect team. Doesn’t sound like much more than a depth addition, though maybe he turns out to be a bench guy down the road.

This trade settles one of two items currently in limbo. The other: Brett Gardner. That deal hasn’t been announced yet, but when it is, the Yankees will need to clear another 40-man roster spot. We’ll have to wait and see whether that’s a salary dump of JA Happ or another DFA akin to Adams.

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