The latest is the Yankees have traded away Shawn Kelley to the San Diego Padres in place of prospect Johnny Barbato. That comes from Robert Murray:
There is some buzz that the #Yankees just acquired RHP Johnny Barbato from the #Padres.Jack Curry of YES was in the mix on breaking that news too. Not sure who got it first, but I talk more about Curry in a moment. He has an important nugget about Barbato.
— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayDR) December 29, 2014
Anyway, I'm going to sound awful when I say this... but I'm going to say it anyway. I was never a fan of Shawn Kelley. I liked him, I liked what he had to offer, but I was never blown away by his stuff. This is a good move.
In return we get a nice prospect named Johnny Barbato.
Barbato is a righty pitcher and he's 22 years old. According to Hardball Talk, " Barbato saved 16 games in Double-A. He had a smidge better K/BB ratio and a lower ERA. Curry suggests he could need Tommy John surgery. "
You read that right. Jack Curry of YES tweeted this interesting nugget:
Yanks consider Barbato solid, young power arm, although he may need TJ surg. Kelley is 1 yr from FA. Traded 1 yr Kelley for Barbatos future.I love Jack Curry. He's simply the best. The Tommy John nugget is something we will definitely watch.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) December 29, 2014
Meanwhile though, we're getting younger ladies and gentlemen. I like younger. It could be the beginning of a new run for us. Let's see how this plays out.
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