Yankees trade for Cubs reliever Scott Efros ahead of deadline, Chicago lands pitching prospect

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The New York Yankees are acquiring Scott Efros, a right-handed reliever from the Chicago Cubs. According to Yes Network’s Jack Curry, The Cubs will get right-handed Hayden Vesnesky in return, According to Ken Rosentley,

Efros, 28, has made 61 career appearances in majors. In those outings, he has earned a 2.91 ERA (146 ERA+) and a 5.67 strike-to-walk ratio. He is technically still a rookie, meaning the Yankees could theoretically retain their rights well into the future through the 2027 season.

Efros was named one of CBS Sports’ breakout picks entering the season. Here’s what we wrote at the time:

The Cubs have added enough experienced relievers this off-season that it may take some time for Efros to get to its true form. No problem. He waited until about the age of 28 to get his first big-league taste, and he responded by scoring 18 runs and one run in 14 2/3 innings. Afros is a sidearmor with a single release point, which is, anyway, similar in height to Ryan Thompson of the Razz. His sinker checks into the low 90s and his slider is a sweeper that recorded a speedy rate north of 40 percent. There’s a useful middle reliever here, and it’s only a matter of time before it’s proven.

The Yankees could use help given the number of injuries in their bullpen. Entering Monday, the Yankees were down five notable relievers: Michael King and Chad Green (both out for the season), Miguel Castro, Stephen Riding and Zack Britton, who are expected to return to a big league mound later this month. Is. ,

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The Cubs, for their part, add 24-year-old Vesnesky. He has spent the season in the Triple-A, tallying a 3.51 ERA and a 2.96 strike-to-walk ratio. Baseball America recently ranked him as the No. 4 prospect in the system, noting that he needed to improve his command and control to reach their ceiling as a “Number 4 or 5 caliber starter”. .