With all of their injuries, the Yankees needed another outfielder so they traded for former Mets prospect Fernando Martinez and sent the Astros minor league righty Charles Basford in exchange, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
Martinez, 24, was ranked as high as the No. 22 best prospect in baseball by Baseball America at one point and was on their top 100 list four years in a row. However, his minor league success never translated to the majors and he has a career line of just .206/.269/.362 in 310 at bats.
Basford, 22, was drafted in the 37th round of the 2012 draft out of Samford University. In parts of two season at Single-A Staten Island, Basford had a 5.13 ERA, a 7.9 K/9 and a 2.7 BB/9 in 26.1 innings. He was basically organizational filler so it’s not much of a loss.
Martinez probably won’t be seen much, if at all, in the Bronx. He’ll likely report to Triple-A Scranton with Zoilo Almonte recently called up and Brennan Boesch, Ronnier Mustelier, and Melky Mesa all on the minor league DL.
NEWS & NOTES
• Don’t believe Kevin Long that Mark Teixeira was never healthy? Apparently the wrist was still bothering him to the point that he changed his swing mechanics to compensate. Doesn’t sound like a healthy player to me.
• Back before the 2008 season, the Yankees chose Joe Girardi over Don Mattingly as manager and Donnie Baseball called it a blessing in disguise because family issues he went through that year would have made it impossible to do his job. He’s said this before, but he’s back in town so old news is new again.
• Read about how legendary broadcaster Vin Scully nearly became a Yankee broadcaster back in 1964.
• Here are the latest draft picks to have signed: Conner Kendrick (9th), Ethan Carnes (21st). Undrafted free agent OF/RHP Chad Taylor has also signed. Don’t get excited by Taylor as DFA are usually just nice kids that they use to fill out minor league rosters.
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