Lots of quick changes happening with the New York Yankees.
1) Arizona Diamondback Brandon McCarthy was traded to the Yankees for Vidal Nuno.
2) Shane Greene and Bruce Billings have been called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
3) Alfonso Soriano has been designated for assignment.
Wow, that’s a lot in one day!
The Yankees finally made a move in the trade, acquiring Brandon McCarthy from Arizona for Nuno. Part of me feels like this trade might have been out of desperation after Oakland acquired BOTH of the coveted Chicago Cubs pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel.Then Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi announced in a press release on Saturday that CC Sabathia will most likely be out for the rest of the season. So that’s why I say out of desperation, because the Yankees need someone to help them and they need it fast before more options for starting pitchers run out in the trade.
McCarthy has previously been in the AL with the White Sox, Rangers and Athletics over nine seasons; his best season being with the A’s in 2011 and 2012 with a 3.32 and 3.24 ERA respectively.
This season McCarthy is 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA over 18 starts. Not entirely impressive, although he has won the past two starts… maybe he’s making a mid-season comeback?
The Yanks definitely got the better end of the bargain, trading him for Nuno who has been terrible this season with a whooping 5.42 ERA over 14 starts and 17 games.
Girardi seems optimistic about the move with the announcement on Sunday night:
“McCarthy’s an experienced starter,” said Girardi. “We expect him to pitch well for us and give us distance. I know he’s had his struggles, but he’s seemed to turn it around. He’s got a good arm, and we need him to help us
McCarthy is expected to be slotted into the rotation on Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians since he last pitched on Thursday, so he needs time to rest.
Tonight (Monday), Shane Greene has been called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes- Barre to start against the Indians. The right-hander has gone 5-2 with a 4.61 ERA in 13 Triple-A starts this year. Bruce Billings, Greene’s teammate in Triple-A has also been called up to help the Yankees rotation, but Girardi has yet to reveal when Billings will start.
Then there’s Alfonso Soriano whom the Yankees have decided to part ways with. Amidst all of the other changes announced on Sunday night, we have learned that Soriano has been designated for assignment after continuously struggling against right-handers all season.
The Yankees acquired Soriano from the Cubs last June, when he was just at his peak of being one of the hottest hitters. A year ago he was hitting 17 home runs and 50 RBIs in 58 games. This season he’s hit six home runs and 23 RBIs in 67 games. An obvious setback.
Changes are supposed to be good, so let’s see how these changes pan out and I’m sure there will be more to come. At least McCarthy seems to be on board with this change!