Yankees, Red Sox stun baseball community with rare swap

Yankees reacquired Greg Allen from Boston Red Sox on May 19, 2023.
Michael Bennington
Saturday May 20, 2023

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The New York Yankees have officially announced their latest move — a swap deal with bitter rivals the Boston Red Sox. In exchange for right-handed pitcher Diego Hernandez and cash, the Boston Red Sox have sent outfielder Greg Allen to the New York Yankees. Former Red Sox farmhand Allen is expected to sign with the Yankees in Cincinnati.

Greg Allen, who had been making his mark with the Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate, is now set to join the Yankees in Cincinnati. While his arrival has stirred anticipation, the identity of the player whose spot Allen will claim remains a mystery for now.

Manager Aaron Boone expressed his belief that Greg Allen would be joining the team following their 6-2 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Boone mentioned that they would convene and determine the next course of action regarding Greg Allen’s arrival. There are a number of ways for the Yankees to create a place for Allen on their 26-man roster.

Embedded within Greg Allen’s contract was an intriguing provision known as the “upward mobility clause.” This clause granted Allen the opportunity to explore Major League Baseball with a different team in the event that his current team failed to provide him with such an opportunity.

Who is Greg Allen?

In a bid to reignite their lineup, the Yankees are welcoming back Greg Allen, aiming to recapture the electrifying presence he brought during his brief stint in 2021.

Greg Allen was born on March 15, 1993, and he debuted with the Cleveland Guardians of Major League Baseball in 2017. Since then, he’s been a member of two different MLB teams: the San Diego Padres and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Allen steadily climbed the minor league ranks by demonstrating his speed and defensive prowess at each new level.

In his first season of baseball, Greg Allen made an immediate impact. He helped the Indians reach the postseason by stealing 21 bases in only 91 games. He has a well-deserved reputation for speed and base-stealing prowess. He has maintained a remarkable lifetime success record of 84.9% while attempting to steal bases.

Greg Allen, who is 30 years old and has played in parts of six Major League seasons, has a batting average of .232 (165-for-712) over the course of his career. He has scored 103 runs, hit 30 doubles, 7 triples, 10 home runs, had 67 RBIs, walked 45 times, and stolen 45 bases in 282 games. Allen has played for several teams, including the Guardians, the Padres, the Yankees, and the Pirates. He has shown how versatile he is by playing all three spots in the outfield.

Originally drafted by the Cleveland Guardians in the sixth round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Greg Allen began his professional career with the organization. On August 31, 2020, he was part of a trade that sent him to the San Diego Padres.

Later, on January 6, 2021, Greg Allen was acquired by the New York Yankees from the Padres in exchange for left-handed pitcher James Reeves. During his stint with the Yankees, he appeared in 15 games, hitting .270 (10-for-37) with 9 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBIs, 5 walks, and 5 stolen bases. Subsequently, on November 15, 2021, Allen was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In the current season, the versatile player started 37 games for Triple-A Worcester, where he holds a .250 batting average. Greg Allen has contributed 25 runs, 15 RBIs, and an impressive 23 stolen bases, ranking second among Triple-A batters. Greg Allen joined the Boston Red Sox organization as a minor league free agent on January 13, 2023.

Why did the Yankees bring back Greg Allen?

After signing a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox in January 2023, Greg Allen demonstrated his potential. He was on the roster of their Triple-A affiliate team in Worcester. If another club offered him a chance to play in the big leagues immediately, the Red Sox were required under his contract to either promote him or trade him. In May of 2023, the Red Sox and the Yankees executed a trade, which allowed Greg Allen to return to his former club.

Manager Aaron Boone said he was looking forward to Greg Allen’s return and pointed out how well he did in Triple-A. Boone and the Yankees staff thought a lot of Allen’s skills because he had a .795 OPS and had stolen 23 bases without getting caught.

Manager Aaron Boone highlighted Greg Allen’s valuable attributes, noting his ability as a switch-hitter, versatility in multiple positions, and strong baserunning skills. Boone acknowledged that Greg Allen has previously played for the Yankees and had performed well during his tenure with the team. Additionally, Boone emphasized that his acquisition adds depth to the roster, providing the team with more options and flexibility.

The Yankees thought they might benefit from Greg Allen’s experience and increase their outfield depth by signing him. Stars like Aaron Judge and Harrison Bader will benefit from his presence. His speed, defensive brilliance, and baserunning talents are all vital components of the team’s overall performance, and his ability to get on base is a major factor in his overall value. With no more minor league options available, the Yankees must decide whether to retain Greg Allen on the major league roster or designate him for assignment.

The Yankees’ current struggles as a result of injuries make Greg Allen’s arrival all the more welcome. The team’s long-term goal is a complete recovery, but for the time being, they’re just trying to do the best they can with what they’ve got.

Diego Hernadez

In 2022, Hernandez made his debut with the DSL Bombers of the professional baseball league. He was an effective reliever and was just 18 years old. He was impressive in his rookie year, as he went 4-2 with a 2.10 ERA (24 hits, 16 runs (8 earned runs), 14 walks, 48 strikeouts, and 2 home runs allowed in 34.1 innings) in 12 games (5 starts). Hernandez signed with the Yankees as an undrafted free agent on January 20, 2022. He was born in Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico. For him, this was the first step toward a prosperous future.

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  1. Can you imagine a late inning left field reliever with the skills of Bader if the Yankees are ahead in the late innings? He’ll take away hits and runs from the opposing team and make life easier for our late inning relief pitchers. He’s exactly what the team needs.

    Pitching is still a problem, but improved fielding will also improve our pitching.

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