The Yankees completed a minor league trade today, answering the brief mystery of the two open spots on its 40 man roster. New York traded, Rob Segedin, a 27-year-old infield who has become a faded prospect stuck in AA with no spot currently on the 40 man roster. In return, the Yankees acquired infielder, Ronald Torreyes and pitcher, Tyler Olson.
The move isn’t going to move the needle in any projections, but it effectively replaces a 27-year-old infielder with a 23-year-old who has major league experience and a a 26-year-old potential depth starter. Torreyes has a career .353 OBP in the minors and has played second, third, short and left field, but is best suited as a second baseman. The Dodgers designated him for assignment when they signed Kenta Maeda in the past month. Torreyes is likely a career utility player but adds depth in the event of any middle infielder injuries or if the Yankees wanted to include Rob Refsnyder or Dustin Ackley in a trade down the line.
Olson is 26 and throws lefty, making his big league debut as a reliever with the Mariners last season before being dealt to LA earlier this offseason and then designated for assignment. Smart money would be on Olson to be stretched back into a starter, which would appear to be the place the Yankees need more depth. Olson likely alleviates the pressure of keeping Bryan Mitchell in the bullpen by providing starting depth beyond the obvious six starters already MLB caliber in the Yankees’ system.
With the transaction, the Yankees have moved one player not on the 40 man roster and added two onto it, filling the final two spots of the roster for the time being.