The New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals struck a deal right before midnight on Saturday. The Yankees are sending Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos to St. Louis for Luke Voit and international bonus pool money.
The New York Yankees tonight announced that they have acquired right-handed hitting 1B Luke Voit and international signing bonus pool money from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for LHP Chasen Shreve and RHP Giovanny Gallegos.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 29, 2018
This trade served its purpose for Yankees GM Brian Cashman. First, he made room for the Yankees newly acquired lefty J.A. Happ who debuts Sunday. Secondly, they picked up some extra IFA money to go after this year’s biggest fish, according to Ben Badler:
Yankees could use extra international pool space to help them officially sign Osiel Rodriguez, the No. 1 international pitching prospect. Cuban SS Carlos Verdecia another target. https://t.co/WgJTHeDY2D— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) July 29, 2018
No one involved in the deal was a big prospect. Shreve has had a much maligned 2018, filled with rough innings around a few highlight reels innings, like bailing Aroldis Chapman out against the New York Mets recently. The 28-year-old lefty was more of a specialist than anything else, and was once one of former skipper Joe Girardi’s most trusted (or at least overused) options. He’s posted a career 3.71 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and a 216:92 KK:BB ratio in 187 career innings pitched.
Gallegos has been written about several times right here at Minor League Ball. Gallegos is like the pitching version of a Quad A hitter, oftentimes dominating out of the bullpen in the minors, but not putting it all together in the big leagues. He’s been up and down the past two seasons in which the 26-year-old righty has posted 4.75 ERA and 1.29 WHIP while getting hit at a .267 lick over 30.1 innings pitched. When you look at his career 2.89 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 393 career minor league innings, you can see why he has been mere depth for the Yankees.
Voit is an interesting pickup. The 27-year-old right-handed hitter provides depth at first base, a position in which the Yankees have a few players just like him already providing depth at first base. Mike Ford is back healthy and has been hitting very well lately and Tyler Austin is seemingly always in the mix.
Nevertheless, Voit is now a Yankee. He’s big, listed at 6’3” and 225, but also comes with modest pop, never hitting more than 20 home runs in a season. He has played a few games in the outfield and at third base over his career, but seems the best fit at first base or even a designated hitter.
This is the first time Voit is leaving the confines of Missouri. He went to Missouri State after a high school career in Wildwood, Missouri. The Cardinals made him the 22nd round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft and he has climbed the ladder pretty well since. He made a rather uninspiring big league debut last year and had made a few appearances in St. Louis this season as well.
Voit is organizational depth and does have an opportunity to get some licks with the Yankees this season. His biggest asset seems to be that he continues to improve his plate discipline. He was walking 11.4 percent of the time in Memphis while striking out 18.1 percent of the time, allowing him the time to wait on those pitches he can drive with his power, which judging by his numbers, seems to be pretty much pull-side power.
This wasn’t the most exciting move of the trade season, but it served its purpose for both teams. The Cardinals get a major-league ready lefty out of the bullpen, who could very well dominate outside of the big-hitting American League East, and the Yankees open up some room on the roster and get IFA cash. In that sense, it’s a win all around.