Sunday, March 24, 2019

Yankees Trim Roster, Make Trade With Rockies, As Spring Training Winds Down

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.

With spring training winding down, the Yankees have trimmed their roster and who is in the major league camp over the past couple of days. The Yankees also made a trade with the Rockies, acquiring outfielder Mike Tauchman.
They optioned OF Clint Frazier, RHP Jonathan Loaisiga, and INF/OF Tyler Wade to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and re-assigned LHP Nestor Cortes Jr., OF Estevan Florial and RHP David Hale, LHP Rex Brothers, LHP Danny Coulombe, LHP Phillip Diehl, RHP Drew Hutchison, INF Kyle Holder and INF Giovanny Urshela to minor league camp.

Yankees - Rockies Trade:

On Saturday, the Yankees acquired OF Mike Tauchman from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for LHP Phillip Diehl.
Tauchman, 28, made his Major League debut in 2017 and has hit .153 (9-for-59) with 7R, 1 double, 1 triple, 2RBI and 9BB in 52 career games with Colorado. The Palatine, Ill., native spent the majority of the 2018 season with Triple-A Albuquerque, batting .323/.408/.571 (130-for-403) with 84R, 26 doubles, 20HR and 81RBI in 112 games en route to being named to the Pacific League’s Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star teams.
Originally selected by the Rockies in the 10th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, Tauchman has played in 606 minor league games in his career, batting .304/.374/.450 (689-for-2,263) with 376R, 128 doubles, 35 triples, 44HR, 300RBI and 111SB. Over the last two seasons, he hit .327 (269-for-823) with 166R, 56 doubles, 15 triples, 36HR and 161RBI in 222 games with Triple-A Albuquerque.
Diehl, 24, attended spring training with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee, posting a 4.50 ERA (10.0IP, 5ER) with 17K in nine relief appearances. In 2018, he combined to go 2-3 with four saves, a 2.51 ERA (75.1IP, 21ER) and 108K in 39 relief outings with Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. His 12.90 K/9.0IP ratio led all Yankees farmhands (min. 75.0IP). Diehl was originally selected by the Yankees in the 27th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Tauchman, LHP Jordan Montgomery was placed on the 60-day injured list.

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