The New York Yankees have acquired minor league INF Cristian Perez from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for RHP Chance Adams.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) December 23, 2019
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.