Yankees 2023 transaction tracker: Bombers release veteran outfielder Kole Calhoun
Here is a look at the latest Yankees roster moves...
June 3, 1:00 p.m.
The Yankees formally granted outfielder Kole Calhoun his release on Saturday afternoon, according to MLB.com's Jon Morosi.
Calhoun triggered the opt-out clause in his minor league deal with the team just two days ago, giving the Yankees 72 hours to elevate him to the big-league roster or grant him his release.
The Bombers opted not to call him up, allowing him to become a free agent.
Calhoun should receive plenty of interest on the open market after producing good numbers with a revamped swing down in Triple-A. Across 23 games, he had 12 extra base-hits and a .919 OPS.
June 1, 11:10 a.m.
Following Wednesday night’s 1-0 defeat to the Seattle Mariners, the Yankees optioned Oswaldo Cabrera, Franchy Cordero and left-hander Matt Krook to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The headline of the move was the demotion of Cabrera, the 24-year-old infielder and outfielder, who has struggled for New York at the start of his second season in the big leagues.
In 50 games this campaign, he's slashed .195/.246/.292 for a .538 OPS and 49 OPS+. He has just nine extra-base hits and 15 RBI. Cabrera made his debut a season ago and in 44 games batted .247 with six homers and a .740 OPS and 108 OPS+, which is just above average.
The moves are likely a sign that Josh Donaldson, Giancarlo Stanton and Tommy Kahnle will be coming off the injured list for the Yanks' weekend series at the Los Angeles Dodgers, but those moves were not yet announced.
May 30, 8:55 p.m.
Yankees everyday catcher Jose Trevino (hamstring) was activated from the IL on Tuesday. Ben Rortvedt was sent down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the corresponding move. OF Franchy Cordero was called up when the team placed Harrison Bader (hamstring) on the IL prior to Tuesday's game.
Cordero had a hot start for the Yankees, hitting four home runs in the first two weeks of the season. He struggled for the remainder of April before being sent down to Triple-A in early May. Cordero had eight hits in 53 at-bats including those four home runs and 11 RBI.
May 26, 3:45 p.m.
The Yankees officially released OF Aaron Hicks on Friday after he was designated for assignment on May 20.
Hicks, 33, struggled mightily this season, slahing .188/.263/.261 over 28 games for New York. Over 651 games and eight seasons in pinstripes, Hicks finishes his Yankee career with a .230/.337/.398 slash line to go along with 81 home runs and 278 RBI.
Hicks said he "loved being a Yankee" after being DFA'd and called it "the best time of my career.”
Additionally, the Yanks recalled RHP Randy Vasquez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, as he's set to make his MLB debut and start against the San Diego Padres on Friday night. The 24-year-old as originally signed as a 19-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2018 and has become the No. 12 prospect in the Yankees organization, according to MLB Pipeline.
He has gone 1-5 in nine Triple-A starts this season, pitching to a 4.85 ERA with 50 strikeouts and a 1.57 WHIP.
May 25, 3:45 p.m.
The Yankees are calling up right-handed pitcher Randy Vasquez to make his MLB debut and start Friday's game against the San Diego Padres, according to Brian Hoch of MLB.com.
Pitching Vasquez on Friday will give Luis Severino an extra day of rest before he makes just his second start of the season since coming off the IL with a lat strain.
The 24-year-old Vasquez is ranked as the No. 12 prospect in the Yankees organization, according to MLB Pipeline. He was originally signed as a 19-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2018.
May 20, 8:20 p.m.
Following Saturday's 7-4 win over the Reds, the Yankees announced that they optioned RHP Jhony Brito to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres.
While a corresponding move wasn't made official, with Luis Severino slated to make his 2023 debut on Sunday, it's likely the Yankees are making room for their starter.
Brito started Saturday's game, where he pitched four inning. He gave up four hits, four runs, four walks while striking out six. In 10 games (nine starts), Brito has pitched to a 3-3 record with a 5.58 ERA and 1.49 WHIP.
May 20, 1:40 p.m.
After making a rare trade with the Red Sox to acquire outfielder Greg Allen, who had been playing for Boston's Triple-A affiliate, the Yankees designated outfielder Aaron Hicks for assignment, the team announced Saturday.
Allen, who appeared in 15 games for the Yankees in 2021, had made 37 appearances this season at Triple-A where he had slashed .250/.407/.388 with 11 extra-base hits in 116 at-bats. The speedy 30-year-old also had 23 steals without being caught.
“Switch-hitter, versatility, good at the role, can run,” manager Aaron Boone said Friday about Allen. “He’s very good at doing that as well. He’s played here before and has done a really nice job with us in the past. A chance to add a little bit of depth.”
In 28 games for New York, Hicks had slashed .188/.263/.261 with a .524 OPS and 47 OPS+, which is well below average. The 33-year-old had just 13 hits in 69 at-bats this season with two doubles, a home run and five RBI. Over the last three seasons, Hicks has struggled to produce, with just a .625 OPS and 78 OPS+ in his last 190 games.
The move comes after he played the last two games, collecting three hits in four at-bats in Thursday's win in Toronto before striking out twice in two at-bats during Friday's win over the Reds.
Hicks has two years remaining on his contract with the Yanks, and is due $9.79 million in both 2024 and 2025 after signing a seven-year, $70 million deal ahead of the 2019 season.
May 20, 9:45 a.m.
After Friday's win over the Cincinnati Reds, the Yankees announced infielder Oswald Peraza had completed his rehab assignment and was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Peraza injured his ankle sliding into second base in a game on May 3 but wasn't placed on the IL until May 9 when the club activated Aaron Judge from the IL.
In 12 games this season, the 23-year-old had just six hits in 32 at-bats with one double and 3 RBI. He slashed .188/.316/.219 with a .545 OPS.
In 13 games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Peraza slashed .359/.414/.566 with a .980 OPS. He has 19 hits in 53 at-bats including two doubles and three home runs with 11 RBI.
May 11, 1:30 p.m.
The Yankees announced prior to Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays that they’ve selected Ryan Weber to the active roster.
Weber spent last season between the Yankees major league and Triple-A roster. He made 15 appearances with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and posted a 3.86 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 27 strikeouts over 39.2 innings.
He allowed just one run across five appearances at the big league level. So far in Triple-A, Weber's started five games and pitched to a 5.77 ERA.
In a corresponding roster move, the Yankees transferred Jonathan Loaisiga to the 60-day injured list.
The right-hander, who’s thrown just 3.1 innings this season, underwent surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow. He now isn’t eligible to return from the IL until June 5.
Additionally, the Yankees reinstated catcher Ben Rortvedt from the 10-day IL and optioned him to Triple-A.
April 29, 11:50 p.m.
The Yankees announced on Saturday morning that they’ve officially signed Jake Bauers to a major league contract, and they’ve added him to the big league roster.
With Aaron Judge a bit banged up over the past few days, Bauers joined the Yankees’ taxi squad at the beginning of their series in Texas. New York is excepted to provide an update on the outfielder’s status later today.
If Judge does avoid the IL, and is just to miss a few days, Bauers could at the very least provide the Yanks with insurance. The veteran has played first and both corner outfield positions in his big league career.
Prior to being called up, Bauers was hitting .304 with a 1.245 OPS, nine homers, five doubles, and 20 RBI in Triple-A. He also put together a strong spring, hitting .407 across 13 games.
In a corresponding roster move, New York has transferred Lou Trivino to the 60-day injured list. The right-hander, who has yet to pitch this season, is dealing with a UCL strain in his pitching elbow.
April 28, 11:35 p.m.
Following the Yankees' 5-2 loss to the Rangers on Friday night, the team announced they optioned INF/OF Franchy Cordero to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
In 18 games (53 at-bats), the 28-year-old slashed .151/.182/.578 with four home runs and 11 RBI.
While Cordero's numbers of late were not good, he was pivotal in the first couple of weeks of the 2023 season. From April 3-12, Cordero hit .280 but launched four home runs and 11 RBI. He would not hit another home run or drive in another run since.
April 25, 4:22 p.m.
The Yankees announced Tuesday that they have signed LHP Nick Ramirez to a major league contract and selected him to the active roster.
Ramirez, 33, last appeared in the majors in 2021 with the San Diego Padres. In 13 appearances, Ramirez had a 5.75 ERA in 20.1 innings pitched. Last season, Ramirez was signed to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners but did not make it out of Triple-A with the club.
In a corresponding move, the team optioned RHP Greg Weissert to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes/Barre.
Entering Tuesday, Weissert appeared in four games this season and pitched to a 2.08 ERA in 4.1 innings.
April 14, 3:25 p.m.
The Yankees announced Friday they have called-up pitcher Greg Weissert from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated pitcher Colten Brewer for assignment.
The move comes after the Yankees bullpen got taxed for 8.1 innings of relief on Thursday in an 11-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins after starter Jhony Brito failed to make it out of the first. New York's 40-man roster count now stands at 30 after the move.
Brewer joined the Yankees' Opening Day roster after having spent spring training in the Tampa Bay Rays' organization. The 30-year-old appeared in three games for this season, allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits while walking three and striking out four in 8.1 innings pitched (4.32 ERA). The right-hander got bitten by the long ball three times in his final appearance against the Twins on Thursday night.
If Brewer clears waivers, he has the right to reject the assignment and elect free agency.
Weissert, 28, appeared in 12 games for the Yanks last season – his first action at the Major League level. The righty allowed seven runs (all earned) on six hits while walking five and striking out 11 in 11.1 innings (5.56 ERA).