What a play by the Yankees. This not only will help this season, but lockup a young good bullpen piece for years to come. This might be the next Clay Holmes esque type trade. Cashman knows how to pick them and Matt Blake knows how to build them.
A name that was on nobody's radar, Scott Effross joins the Yankees bullpen, which is much needed with Michael King and Chad Green out for the year.
The 28 year old pitcher has a 2.66 ERA and 2.19 FIP this year over 44.0 innings, pitching in a variety of relief roles, from a late-inning guy to an opener to a bridge guy. You know it's a good move when Cubs fans are pissed. His bread and butter seems to be his slider-sinker. Opponents are hitting .157 vs his slider this season, with a .196 SLG%. He's been a stud this year. When you look at his stuff, I can imagine Matt Blake's mind formulating a masterplan to make this guy an All-Star.
The Yankees dealt No. 7 prospect, RHP Hayden Wesneski. I'm glad they've ditched some prospect hugging and landed a win-now guy.
Obviously Luis Castillo would've been nice, but I am for this move. He is also Rule 5 eligible after the season, so the Cubs will have to move him up the ranks, where the Yankees might not have felt he's ready just yet.
Next up, let's land a starter.