After two busy days, aside from rumors that the team was shopping injured first baseman Luke Voit, the Yankees seemed quiet for much of Friday, and after pitchers flew off the market throughout the league, it seemed like Brian Cashman and his team had closed up shop for the month. Then, with just fifteen minutes remaining before the 4:00 deadline, the team acquired left-handed starting pitcher Andrew Heaney from the Los Angeles Angels.
Needless to say, after the Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo acquisitions, a starting pitcher with a 5.27 ERA, even one with a 4.05 FIP and good peripheral stats, was met with a resounding “meh.”
Others were more interested in the prospects the Yankees sent the other way, pitchers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero.
Yep, the conversations about Junk and Peguero weren’t even about their pitching ability, but their names. I’d include more, but we’re trying to keep this post family-friendly. Yes, you know exactly what I mean, so let’s move on.
As the move happened so near the deadline, the only other Yankees-related topic of note was somebody who was notably not included in the trade, Voit. And suffice to say, the Yankees’ bad injury luck over the past few years made many commenters happy that the popular first baseman will be in pinstripes for at least this season.
At the end of it all, however, amidst a day-long flurry of moves that saw the Cubs finish ripping out their core by sending Kris Bryant to the Giants, Javier Báez to the Mets, and Craig Kimbrel to the White Sox — plus a dozen other moves — the Yankees capped off deadline season with the standard sort of buy-low reclamation project that they like to bring in periodically. After two loud days at the forefront of the market, it’s a little bit of a letdown, perhaps, but these types of under-the-radar moves can often be the difference between success and failure down the stretch.
So what are your thoughts on the new starting pitcher, Yankees fans? Vote in our poll and let us know in the comments section below.
How do you feel about the Yankees’ acquisition of Andrew Heaney?
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His peripherals are great, he will be the steal of the deadline!
You always need pitching depth at this time of year, and he’s pitching depth.
Truthfully, I’m not sure he’s any better than the guys we have in the minor leagues.
We gave up a Grade-A pitching name in Janson Junk, he better pitch like an ace down the stretch.