Earlier today, the Yankees swung a minor trade with the Cleveland Indians. The Bombers acquired right-handed reliever George Kontos in exchange for cash considerations. The team assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Kontos, 33, has struggled this season. He’s pitched to a 4.68 ERA with a 5.93 FIP in 25 innings between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Indians. He clearly isn’t the same arm that pitched well for the San Francisco Giants during two of their World Series runs. He’s essentially a fastball-slider pitcher, with a cutter and a sinker. His velocity is down across the board this season, which could help explain his difficulty recording outs.
The Yankees actually had Kontos in the organization before. They drafted him in the fifth round back in 2006. He made his major league debut in 2011, appearing in seven games. The Bombers then traded him for Chris Stewart in April 2012.
This is a minor trade, but a necessary one as the Yankees traded away a small army of relief pitchers at the deadline. Just yesterday Aaron Boone said the team tried to go outside of the organization instead of calling Tommy Kahnle up. I don’t know about you, but this reeks of a team that regrets moving Adam Warren.