Yankees Make Two Trades for 40-Man Roster Relief

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As the non-waiver trade deadline rapidly approaches, the New York Yankees have made two more trades, these trades opening up more spots on a crowded 40-man roster.

Just hours after splitting a double-header with the Kansas City Royals, General Manager Brian Cashman sent relievers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos to the St. Louis Cardinals for infielder Luke Voit and international signing bonus pool money. Shreve has been inconsistent in his four seasons with the Yankees, this year pitching to a 4.26 ERA in 38 innings. Gallegos has seen partial time with the big league club the last two seasons, owning a 4.75 ERA across 30.1 innings. Neither had much of a future with the loaded Yankees, as the Zach Britton trade left Shreve expendable.

In return, the Yankees received the 27-year-old Luke Voit, a part-time first baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals. In parts of two seasons, Voit has shown flashes of power, with 5 homeruns and 9 doubles in 125 at-bats, hitting to a .240 average in that span. Voit has spent most of his time with AAA Memphis, slashing .299/.391/.500 with 9 homeruns in 67 games. A future with the Yankees does not seem to be in Voit’s future, as he will likely toil in the minor leagues until September.

The next day, just before the series final against Kansas City, Cashman sent minor league left-handed reliever Caleb Frare to the Chicago White Sox for $1.5 million in international signing bonus pool money. Frare, an 11th-round draft pick out of a Montana high school in 2012, dominated with Double-A Trenton this season, holding opponents to an 0.62 ERA in 43.2 innings while striking out 57.

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Frare is an intriguing reliever, one who could carve out a role in a big-league bullpen, but would have likely been lost in the Rule V Draft this winter. Rather than allow him to be lost for nothing, Cashman opted to acquire a useful commodity. Frare has since been assigned to Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte.

According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Yankees added the international signing bonus pool money in order to sign Cuban teenage pitcher Osiel Rodriguez. According to MLB.com‘s international prospect rankings, Rodriguez is the ninth-best prospect in this year’s international prospect class, and projects to be an eventual major league regular.

Aside from signing Rodriguez, it is easy to speculate that Cashman is clearing space on the 40-man roster for a trade ahead of the Tuesday’s trade deadline. For all of your trade deadline news and speculation, make sure to visit Baseball Essential frequently.

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