Yankees deal reliever J.P. Feyereisen to Brewers
Despite the post-July 31 waiver trade deadline going the way of the dinosaur, the Yankees continue to trade players not on their 40-man roster — this time sending right-handed reliever J.P. Feyereisen to Milwaukee.
There are two things the Yankees have done a considerable amount of over the past two seasons. First, they’ve traded away fringe 40-man roster players — as to get something of value instead of potentially losing them in the Rule 5 Draft. And second, the organization loves acquiring international bonus pool money.
And so on Monday, general manager Brian Cashman killed two birds with one stone, sending right-handed relief pitcher J.P. Feyereisen to the Milwaukee Brewers for 16-year-old infielder Brenny Escanio plus Int’l bonus money.
Feyereisen, 26, was originally part of the 2016 Andrew Miller trade, coming to New York from Cleveland alongside Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield and Ben Heller.
A 16th round pick in the 2014 draft out of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Feyereisen has yet to reach the big leagues but was in the midst of a fantastic season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
In 40 appearances (61.1 innings), Feyereisen went 10-2 with a 2.49 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .173 BAA and 13.8 K/9. Though his 4.5 BB/9 is on the high-side, he’s also gone 7-for-10 in save opportunities.
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With the Yankees recently trading for and claiming more veteran relievers than you can shake a stick at, I was surprised they never gave Feyereisen and his mid-90s, swing and miss fastball a shot at the big league level.
Not a ton is known about young infielder Brenny Escanio — besides that he’s an admirer of former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes and only signed with the Brewers on July 2. The 5-foot-9, 145-pound Dominican-native had yet to play for any of the Brewers’ minor league affiliates.
As for the total amount of Int’l bonus pool money that the Yankees will receive, that’s still a mystery as well — although we do know that money is traded in $250k increments.
This past July, the Yankees signed highly touted international prospect Jasson Dominguez. The top international prospect, affectionately referred to as ‘The Martian,’ for his innate five-tool ability at the age of 16, cost the Yanks almost their entire pool of funds; $5.1 million of $5.398 million.
With that, the Yanks missed out on the No. 7 Int’l prospect, outfielder Jhon Diaz. After initially agreeing to a $1.2 million bonus, the Bombers couldn’t come up with the necessary funds via trade to keep Diaz from signing with the Rays.