The San Diego Padres added another strong arm to their bullpen after a trade with the New York Yankees on Monday. The trade sent Yankees’ right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley to the Padres in return for minor-league prospect Johnny Barbato, according to YES Network’s Jack Curry.
The Yankees continued in their quest to acuqire younger, talented players to improve and revamp their aging squad. Kelley, 30, first came over from the Mariners in 2013. In two seasons with the Yankees he has gone 7-8 with a 4.46 ERA, appearing in 116 games and pitching 105 innings. Kelley has averaged almost 12 strikeouts per nine innings pitched over that stretch and allowed an average of just 3.7 walks per nine innings.
It is curious that the Yankees would let Kelley go, being that they lost a power right-hander to free agency in David Robertson to the Chicago White Sox. However, they are going toward a youth movement and acquiring a young player with the potential to be an excellent set-up man and who is only 22 years old only coincides with what they are trying to do.
Find out more about the Yankees bullpen needs and what they gave up in Johnny Barbato in the rest of my post on Baseball Hot Corner: