2. Manny Banuelos for Chasen Shreve and David Carpenter (2015)
This was actually the same offseason as the Wilson-Cervelli deal. And again, we know we’re bringing up another Yankee that fans aren’t exactly fond of, but he helped turn things around for us! Never forget where you came from!
Manny Banuelos, if you remember correctly, was a highly-touted Yankees prospect whose career was thrown off course due to Tommy John surgery. He also never came close to reaching what scouts believed would be his true ceiling, even before the injury.
So before the 2015 season, he was shipped to Atlanta for relievers Chasen Shreve and David Carpenter. Shreve was a lefty contributor out of the bullpen for a three and a half seasons but it wasn’t exactly memorable. Carpenter was gone after a year. So why is this notable?
Because Shreve was packaged alongside reliever Giovanny Gallegos in a trade that brought Luke Voit to the Bronx. You can thank the St. Louis Cardinals for that one!
Voit’s time in pinstripes has featured a .273 average and .885 OPS with 63 home runs and 169 RBI across 253 games. He’s actually been better than Paul Goldschmidt has been in St. Louis. Don’t believe us? Go look it up.
The Yankees turned a failed prospect who’s made a grand total of 23 MLB appearances and a below average reliever into Luke Voit.