For the third time in one week, and twice in as many days, the Yankees have made a trade. The team announced that they sent pitching prospect Drew Finley to the Dodgers in exchange for outfielder Tim Locasdtro. Like the Jefry Valdez deal yesterday, this profiles as a minor trade.
Finley, the Yankees’ third-round draft pick in 2015, never got off the ground in pro ball. He owns a career 7.20 ERA (7.31 FIP) and has stalled out at High-A Tampa. Last season he pitched to a 7.24 ERA (6.05 FIP) across 27.1 innings for the Tarpons. While working mostly out of the bullpen, the 22-year-old posted a good 10.87 K/9 rate, but a bad 1.32 HR/9 number.
Locastro, 26, spent most of the 2018 season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. There he hit .279/.389/.409 with four home runs. He had a cup of coffee with the Dodgers, but didn’t hit much, working a 91 wRC+ over 18 games. The interesting thing with Locastro is his versatility. The Yankees announced him as an outfielder, but he played second and some first base in the minor leagues.
This trade gives the Yankees a complete 40-man roster. Any significant additions will now require a corresponding move.