From Scranton to the Bronx? Morris trade could open door for Yankees pitchers
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In an atypical turn of events this Tuesday, the New York Yankees made a significant move to fortify their pitching depth. They acquired 27-year-old right-hander Cody Morris from the Guardians, sending outfielder Estevan Florial to Cleveland in the trade. Morris, who recorded a 6.75 ERA in six relief appearances for the Guardians last season, holds a career record of 1-2 with a 3.41 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 13 MLB outings.
Why did the Yankees sign Morris?
In response to a pitching vacuum created by recent trades for outfielders Juan Soto and Alex Verdugo, involving the departure of multiple pitchers, the Yankees see Morris as a potential contender for the fifth starter’s role or as a valuable asset in the bullpen, given his experience in both capacities.
Manager Aaron Boone expressed optimism about prospects such as Will Warren, Chase Hampton, Luis Gil, and Clayton Beeter, anticipating their contributions to the team. Warren and Hampton, ranked eighth and fourth in the Yankees’ prospect list, respectively, coupled with Gil’s recovery from Tommy John surgery, instill hope in the team for emerging talent to fill the void.
Acknowledging the loss of key players in recent trades, Boone highlighted promising young players ascending the ranks, poised to become crucial depth pieces for the upcoming season.
Yanks send Florial to cleveland
General Manager Brian Cashman underscored the Yankees’ outfield configuration, currently featuring Soto, Verdugo, Aaron Judge, and Trent Grisham. Faced with limited roster space, Florial, who batted .230 in 19 games for the Yankees last season and spent the majority of the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, was considered surplus to the team’s outfield needs.
Florial, 26, showcased his abilities in Triple-A, batting .284 with 28 home runs, 79 RBIs, and 25 stolen bases in 101 games. However, his Major League performance, with a career average of .209 in 48 games over four seasons with the Yankees, failed to secure him a spot on the roster.
In the continually evolving landscape of player acquisitions and strategic roster decisions, the Yankees’ recent move signifies their commitment to addressing specific needs and adapting to the challenges of maintaining a competitive team.
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