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Yankees acquire Scott Effross from Cubs to help reeling bullpen

With their bullpen weakened by the lack of Chad Green and Michael King — in addition to the latest struggles of Clay Holmes — the Yankees added one other reliever on Monday, buying the right-handed Scott Effross from the Cubs.

The commerce got here at a value, with the highly-regarded right-hander, Hayden Wesneski, heading to Chicago.

Effross suits the Yankees’ present bullpen philosophy in that he has a wonderful sinker — like Holmes — and likewise mixes in a slider and a changeup.

He’s in his second season within the majors and has a WHIP of 1.068, barely greater than it was a year in the past, however he’s underneath group management till 2028.

Lately, Effross has pitched in middle-to-late-game conditions and picked up his first save, so he may spell Holmes within the nearer function. Holmes has now blown three of his final 9 probabilities, together with in Sunday’s loss to the Royals.

Wesneski, 24, was ranked the Yankees’ seventh-best prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Scott Effross pitching for the Cubs on July 24, 2022.
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He had a 3.51 ERA in 19 begins with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and can now go to the rebuilding Cubs. 

A sixth-round choose by the Yankees in 2019, Wesneski has developed right into a attainable main league starter subsequent season.

The Yankees’ bullpen, a power all through the primary half, had Green and King go down with season-ending elbow accidents that required surgical procedure. The struggling Miguel Castro stays on the IL with a strained proper shoulder.

They’ve acquired a lift recently from Clarke Schmidt, who has been strong as a protracted reliever after being referred to as up from SWB, the place he’d been stretched out to present rotation depth, in addition to Ron Marinaccio, who had an uncharacteristically shaky outing on Sunday.

Jonathan Loaisiga and Aroldis Chapman have additionally seemed good of late, with Chapman retiring every of the final 9 batters he’s confronted.

And the Yankees are nonetheless hoping to get Zack Britton again from final year’s elbow surgical procedure, though common supervisor Brian Cashman acknowledged lately they’re uncertain how efficient he’ll be. 

Chapman, Green, and Britton are additionally all free brokers this offseason.

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