The Yankees announced that they have acquired left-hander Tyler Olson and infielder Ronald Torreyes from the Dodgers in exchange for minor league infielder Rob Segedin and either a player to be named later or cash considerations. Both Olson and Torreyes had recently been designated for assignment by Los Angeles. With the two new acquisitions, New York’s 40-man roster is full.
Olson, 26, made his big league debut with the Mariners last season, pitching 13 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. The results weren’t particularly encouraging, as he surrendered eight runs on 18 hits and 10 walks, although in one of the more bizarre stats you’ll come across, seven of those 10 walks were intentional in nature. In 54 1/3 Triple-A innings, Olson managed a more palatable 4.47 ERA with 8.8 K/9 against 2.8 BB/9. However, after holding lefties to a .206/.280/.279 batting line in 2014, the Gonzaga product yielded a .253/.340/.448 slash to lefties between the Majors and minors in 2015. While the Yankees aren’t hurting for bullpen help, Olson will function as a depth piece behind the likes of Andrew Miller, Jacob Lindgren, Chasen Shreve and James Pazos.
Torreyes, who turned 23 in September, got a brief cup of coffee with L.A. in 2015 — his Major League debut — collecting a pair of hits in six at-bats/eight plate appearances. Torreyes has seen most of his professional defensive work come at second base, though he does have significant experience at shortstop (144 games) and third base (65 games) as well. He’s also seen a bit of time in the corner outfield. This past season, Torreyes batted .261/.308/.347 between Double-A and Triple-A across three organizations: the Astros, Blue Jays and Dodgers. While he’s never shown much pop, Torreyes has hit for average pretty consistently in the minors while displaying the aforementioned defensive versatility. He’s a lifetime .287/.330/.358 hitter at Triple-A and an overall .298/.353/.409 hitter in the minor leagues, making him a reasonable depth pickup for the Yankees.
As for the 27-year-old Segedin, he split this past season between Double-A and Triple-A, batting a combined .287/.360/426 with seven home runs in 284 plate appearances. Segedin saw the bulk of his time at the infield corners, although he has some experience in the outfield corners as well. Segedin wasn’t on the Yankees’ 40-man roster and thus will not need to be placed on L.A.’s 40-man roster. This marks the second minor swap made by the Dodgers today, who earlier traded righty Joe Wieland to the Mariners for another non-40-man minor league infielder (Erick Mejia).
This is literally musical chairs.
But without the music.
Or the chairs.
Zen musical chairs.
.287/.360/426 isn’t bad
I was thinking the same thing. specially for a 23 year old.
You mean for a 27 year old.
Yep. Read the wrong stat line, but I was referring to Torryes. Looks like a great pick up for the yanks. Not sure why he’s been bouncing around so much.
I know, as a yankee fan, I”m going to be thrilled. I just need time to assimilate the news.
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Come on, cut it out with these struggle trades, lets see a banger already!
Funny but in both of today’s minor trades, you’d think from the articles that the Dodgers were barely involved and didn’t get anybody back in the trades who they can use somewhere.
Segedin showed good pop at Tulane, but had some back problems that might have sapped some of his power.
Thanks. What I noticed is that the trades were reported almost entirely as Yankees and Mariners stories. A lot more information was provided on the players these teams received and how they might be used by them, than who the Dodgers got back and how they might meet any Dodgers needs.
What a let down, I thought it was Miller for Deleon and Montas.
Yanks need to keep up these baby moves until the rest of the old dudes retire. Then I can stop yapping to everyone about Bryce Harper’s destined future in pinstripes.
I think the Yankees are finally figuring it out that defense is very important. Cleaning out minors that can’t field.
I’m going to be honest, I think the AL East is all Toronto and Boston this year (with one capturing a wild card) barring a massive Orioles slew of moves. With that said, I think this trade will impact the season next year.
Regarding Olson, the kid is a young lefty starter. The rotation is a weakness of this Yankees team. Despite the fact that Severino is a lock for the future, Eovaldi, Pineda and Tanaka could be looked at as potential trade deadline pieces upon falling out of contention with decent first halves (the former 2 because of controllability and affordability and the latter if he shows that he can still be an ace. Also CC is likely to spend some time on the DL at some point, so he will have ample opportunity to show what he has.
Torreyes is coming at a time when Pete Kozma (a guy who St. Louis fans couldn’t wait to get rid of), Juan Diaz and Donovan Solano are the alternatives as shortstop utility guys.and there are no current AAA 3B. While he isn’t immediate help, he could be up at some point. Torreyes, although he doesn’t look it, is also 23 and had a solid showing at AAA last year. He brings a solid glove and an above average arm to the party and has the potential to be a Juan Pierre type guy (meaning he makes frequent contact).
Solid move by the Yankees