Yesterday, the Yankees and Padres made a deal that would send former prospect Jose Pirela to the Padres for young pitching prospect Ronald Herrera.
Now, Pirela is a 25-year-old who made his big league debut with the Yankees in 2014, but in 2015 he hit .230 with one homer and five RBIs this year with the Yankees. He only played 37 games for the Yankees this year. He batted .310 with three homers and 23 RBIs at three minor league levels in 2015. Pirela plays multiple positions and has decent speed on the base paths. Pirela was traded to clear space on the 40 man roster. Hopefully Pirela can find a way on making the Padres bench. He has been able to rake Triple-A pitching, but could not hit at the professional level.
Now, the 20-year-old Herrera was 8-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 25 starts and one relief appearance for Double-A San Antonio and Class A Lake Elsinore this year. Herrera has the stuff to be a middle of the order pitcher in the rotation. He has a 94 mph fastball that looks fast than it appears and has a solid curveball. He likes to throw his fastball more over his off speed pitches because he rather go after the hitters than tricking them. Not to long ago he was in Oakland’s top 20 prospects list.
Finally, since the Yankees lost a candidate to play second base they can either use in house options with Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder or go sign free agents with the names of Ben Zobrist or Howie Kendrick. Hopefully Cashman can believe in young prospect Rob Refsnyder to get the job done.
Overall: Good deal for Yankees to clear room for newer free agents or trade acquisitions. The Padres get another infielder to work with. Also, Pirela needed a new change of sceneray to see if his baseball career can get a jump start.