The Yankees traded for Greg Allen on Wednesday.
We’re hopefully inching towards a flurry of bigger, more significant transactions, but at this point, we’ll take anything that gets the juices flowing. The New York Yankees gave us a mini injection of adrenaline on Wednesday.
According to the latest reports, the Bombers are acquiring veteran outfielder Greg Allen in a trade with the San Diego Padres, who designated him for assignment last week. Allen was sent to the Pads in the blockbuster Mike Clevinger deal in the middle of the 2020 season.
However, he only appeared in one game for San Diego, which was to be expected since Wil Myers, Tommy Pham and Trent Grisham occupy the outfield. But now it appears Allen will have an opportunity to carve out a backup role for himself with the Yankees.
Previous reports suggested the Yankees were interested in Yasiel Puig, but perhaps the addition of Allen changes that, if it was even true. This is now the second outfielder general manager Brian Cashman has brought in since last week. Socrates Brito was signed to a minor league deal to provide the team with depth.
But this now leaves question marks surrounding Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman. Obviously, Allen and Brito have a long way to go before proving anything to the Yankees in order to get decent playing time, but it’s fair to wonder what’s going on with Gardy and Sock Man.
In return, the Padres are getting James Reeves, who was a former 10th round pick of the Yankees back in 2015. The lefty pitcher has mostly served as a reliever for the Bombers in their minor league system, making it as high as Triple-A in 2018. He owns a career 2.30 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 137 minor league games. The 27-year-old has yet to make his MLB debut.
The moves are slowly coming, folks. A bit more patience and we could have DJ LeMahieu back in no time.