This has been an interesting trade deadline for the Yankees. The team’s greatest weakness was starting pitching, and while Brian Cashman did add a few arms, he also somewhat dismantled the bullpen.
On Saturday night, the Yankees shipped Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos to the Cardinals. He also flipped Adam Warren to the Mariners yesterday. Shreve seemed to be on the brink of being designated for assignment for most of this season, so it was nice to see him find a new home — and net a return — instead. On the other hand, the Warren trade came as a surprise and was a bit of a head-scratcher.
Maybe we’ll see them in pinstripes again one day, but for now let’s revisit some of their best Yankees moments.
The left-hander really hit the ground running in 2015. During June and July, he surrendered just two earned runs over 20 innings. The wheels fell off and he was clobbered in September and October, but it sure was fun while it lasted.
Remember when he shut down the Red Sox in extra innings? Boston went on to win that game in the 19th, but the Yankees couldn’t have asked for anything more from the lefty.
In May 2015, the Yankees were forced to turn to Shreve in the fifth inning. He stayed in for the sixth and struck out all four batters that he faced.
Shreve was never able to replicate the success that he experienced during the first few months of 2015, but he still helped the Yankees out of their fair share of bases loaded jams. He even picked up his first save in 2016 after doing just that.
Most recently, the Yankees called upon Shreve to help them clean up the mess that Aroldis Chapman made. With zero outs, and the bases loaded against the Mets, Shreve somehow escaped the jam with the lead intact to secure the win.
I think he was just as surprised as us that he was able to work his way out of that.
The right-hander spent six and a half seasons with the Yankees, but hasn’t been very memorable on the whole (Sorry, Warren). He was one of the only players on the 25-man roster not to be assigned an emoji in Didi Gregorius’ victory tweets. For the most part, Warren did his job satisfactorily—whether he happened to be part of the rotation or working out of the bullpen—and didn’t call too much attention to himself.
Unsurprisingly, Warren faced Boston a lot over the years. During the last game of the regular season in 2015, he shut them down for three scoreless innings. The Yankees weren’t in any danger of missing the Wild Card Game if they had lost, but it was nice to end the season on a high point against a division rival.
He also flashed some leather during that game!
2015 was a good year for Warren against the Red Sox. With two outs and a runner on third during an April game, he struck David Ortiz out swinging.
Back in 2016 during a series against the Angels, Masahiro Tanaka was chased from the eighth inning with two on and two out. Tommy Layne briefly entered the game only to issue a walk. The Yankees turned to Warren for the final out, and he was left with the difficult task of facing Mike Trout with the bases loaded. This happened:
Doesn’t get much better than striking out Trout with the bases loaded!
And who can forget the time Warren brilliantly handled the Yankees’ phone lines? What a talented guy!
What are your favorite memories of Shreve and Warren? Let us know in the comments.