MLB Business Rumors | Steve Adams: In a surprising move, the Yankees traded two prospects, outfielders Josh Stowers and Antonio Cabello, to the Texas Rangers in exchange for infielder Rougned Odor, whom the Rangers had designated for assignment last week. Odor, who is still 27 years old despite entering his eighth season, is under contract through the 2022 season (with a team option for 2023). Although he hasn’t played well in recent seasons, the left-handed second baseman undoubtedly has power, with three seasons of more than 30 HRs. Considering the fact that the Rangers will pay nearly all of his salary, the move seems like the interesting kind of low-risk midfielder the Yankees have turned to gold in recent years with Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated infielder Thairo Estrada for assignment.
FanGraphs | Devan Fink: Gary Sanchez has been a major topic of discussion among baseball writers and fans since last season, and for good reason: His .147 / .253 / .365 slash line was by far the worst of all. his career and one of the worst. in Major League Baseball. Fortunately for the Yankees, however, there is some evidence that a positive regression awaits him. His BABIP of .159 (the fourth lowest in baseball) was more than 100 points lower than would be expected based on his bat control (defined as “the standard deviation of a player’s pitching angle on his batted balls. “and that correlates well with BABIP).
MLB.com | Sam Dykstra: MLB.com’s minor league expert rates how long each team in baseball should wait to see its top 10 prospects contribute to the major league level this season. With starters Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt expected to make more than a few starts due to last year’s short season and Estevan Florial close enough to get the call in case depth is needed in the outfield, the Yankees are rank firmly within the midfield (which he dubbed “Healthy Prospect Flow”) alongside the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies and the Twins from Minnesota.