Who the Yankees Traded Away

The Yankees have been very active this offseason, trading away a number of players. Here’s a look at who they traded away and what they got in return.

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Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray was one of the more consistent pitchers the Yankees had over the past few years. He was never an ace, but he was a solid number two or three starter. The Yankees traded him to the Cincinnati Reds at the trade deadline in 2018.

Traded to the Cincinnati Reds

On January 22, 2018, the Yankees traded Gray and minor league prospect Reiver Sanmartin to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Shed Long and a player to be named later. The Reds sent cash to the Yankees to cover part of Gray’s $7.5 million salary for the 2018 season. The player to be named later was later revealed as second baseman Scope their 2019 season with the Yankees, he was 8-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 23 starts.

What the Yankees got in return

In 2017, the Yankees traded away Sonny Gray to the Cincinnati Reds. In return, they got Shed Long and Jorge Mateo.

Shed Long is a second baseman in the Reds organization. He made his MLB debut in 2019.

Jorge Mateo is a shortstop in the Reds organization. He made his MLB debut in 2019.

Jaime Garcia

The Yankees have been one of the most active teams this offseason and they made another move today, trading lefthander Jaime Garcia to the Twins for minor league infielder Zack Littell. Garcia was acquired by the Yankees from the Braves last season and he pitched well for them down the stretch, posting a 3.72 ERA in six starts.

Traded to the Minnesota Twins

The Yankees traded Jaime Garcia to the Twins on Sunday, in exchange for minor league pitcher Zack Littell.

Garcia, who was acquired by the Yankees from the Atlanta Braves last month, pitched well in his short time in New York. In four starts, Garcia went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA.

The Yankees will now turn to their young pitchers to fill Garcia’s spot in the rotation. Luis Cessa and Domingo German are the most likely candidates to take over Garcia’s spot.

What the Yankees got in return

The Yankees acquired three prospects in return for Jaime Garcia, outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford and right-handed pitcher Dillon Tate. All three prospects were ranked among the Yankees’ top 30 prospects by MLB Pipeline prior to the trade.

Tyler Austin and Luis Cessa

The New York Yankees have traded away two of their minor league prospects, Tyler Austin and Luis Cessa. The Yankees got pitcher Dillon Tate, pitcher Gabe Encinas, and infielder Eric Jagielo in return. Tyler Austin was the Yankees’ number nine prospect according to MLB.com. He is a first baseman and he was drafted in the 13th round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Luis Cessa was the Yankees’ number 15 prospect according to MLB.com. He is a right-handed pitcher and he was signed as an international free agent in 2010.

Traded to the Minnesota Twins

In 2019, the Yankees traded Tyler Austin and Luis Cessa to Minnesota in exchange for pitcher Lance Lynn.

What the Yankees got in return

The Yankees got back three right-handed relievers in the deals. In the ’18 season, they acquired righties Sonny Gray, Cody Eppley and Chad Qualls. The Yankees also got a utility infielder, Alberto Gonzalez, in the deal with San Diego. The club later designated him for assignment.

Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle

The Yankees have been one of the most active teams this offseason, making a flurry of trades. They sent three relievers to the White Sox in a deal that netted them more prospects, and most recently, they dealt second baseman Starlin Castro to the Marlins for two minor leaguers. Who are the other key players the Yankees have traded away this offseason?

Traded to the Chicago White Sox

On July 18, 2017, the Yankees traded Frazier, Robertson, and Kahnle to the Chicago White Sox for prospects Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, Tito Polo.

What the Yankees got in return

When the Yankees made their big trade with the Chicago White Sox on July 18, 2017, they parted with three very good players in Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle. In return, they got back four minor league prospects: Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin, Tyler Clippard, and Tito Polo.

So far, only Rutherford has made it to the majors, and he has yet to establish himself as a regular starter. He did hit .281/.361/.441 with 10 home runs in 84 games for the Yankees in 2019, but he also struck out 129 times in 306 plate appearances. The Yankees are surely hoping that he can develop into a more well-rounded hitter as he gets more experience.

Clarkin is a 23-year-old left-handed pitcher who has yet to make it to the majors. He did spend 2019 at Triple-A, though, and posted a 4.31 ERA with 130 strikeouts in 132 innings pitched. He will likely compete for a spot in the rotation during spring training.

Clippard is a 34-year-old right-handed reliever who is no longer with the Yankees. He was traded to the Minnesota Twins during the 2019 season after posting a 6.02 ERA in 40 games for New York.

Polo is a 24-year-old outfielder who spent 2019 at Double-A. He hit .287/.341/.427 with 12 home runs and 22 stolen bases in 122 games for the Trenton Thunder. It remains to be seen if he will get a chance to play in the majors anytime soon.

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