Yankees acquire Dodgers’ Caleb Ferguson to bolster bullpen

Caleb Ferguson, player of the Dodgers

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As per reports from The Athletic, the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a trade involving left-handed reliever Caleb Ferguson. The agreement addresses the Yankees’ need for bullpen reinforcement after the departure of southpaw Wandy Peralta to the San Diego Padres, while also creating room on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, potentially for signings such as Clayton Kershaw or Ryan Braiser.

Who is Caleb Ferguson?

Caleb Ferguson, who will turn 28 in July, boasts a career 3.43 ERA over 201 games. Last season, he maintained a 3.43 ERA across 68 appearances for the Dodgers, striking out 10.4 batters per nine innings while walking 3.4 per nine. Ferguson heavily relies on a four-seamer averaging 96 mph and a slider averaging 86 mph.

With one year of team control remaining before hitting free agency next offseason, Caleb Ferguson is expected to bolster the back end of the Yankees’ bullpen alongside top options Clay Holmes, Jonathan Loáisiga, and Tommy Kahnle, as reported by Yankees beat writer Brendan Kuty for The Athletic.

The Yankees were in need of additional bullpen depth following the departures of Wandy Peralta to the Padres and Keynan Middleton to the St. Louis Cardinals. Manager Boone expressed optimism regarding potential roster additions before the commencement of spring training, highlighting Peralta’s invaluable contributions and the potential emergence of new players.

Similar to Peralta, Caleb Ferguson specializes in inducing ground balls and limiting hard contact, evidenced by his outstanding performance in barrel rate, ranking in the 97th percentile last season. Notably, Ferguson’s 2.58 ERA since 2022 places him sixth among left-handed relievers with a minimum of 75 innings pitched.

This trade marks the Yankees’ second acquisition of a left-handed reliever from the Dodgers this offseason, with Victor González being the other. In December, the Yankees traded infield prospect Trey Sweeney for González and infielder Jorbit Vivas, according to The Athletic’s sources.

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