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Corey Kluber is the ace the Yankees need

Corey Kluber is the difference maker and impact arm the Yankees need atop their rotation.  In 2017 and 2018, Yankee fans wished ace-like status on Luis Severino, but his inconsistencies have left him just short of owning the name.  Kluber, 32, has been the definition of consistent for the Cleveland Indians, winning 18+ games four out of the last five years and winning 20 games in 2018 for the first time in his career. Kluber has posted an ERA below 3.50 every season since 2014, and has struck out at least 220 hitters in the same span. Kluber keeps getting better, and is not showing any signs of regression. Kluber is an ace, the ace the Yankees need.

Yankees trade Nick Rumbelow to the Mariners for two minor leaguers

Earlier today, the Yankees traded right-handed pitcher Nick Rumbelow to the Mariners in exchange for two minor league pitchers, right-hander  Juan Then and lefty JP Sears. Rumbelow, who is basically just a depth reliever, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 after he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016. He threw 15 2/3 innings in 2015, allowing seven runs, walking five, and striking out fifteen. However, even after he was DFA-d last November, he resigned with the Yankees and came back to throw 11 1/3 innings this past season in the minors. The Yankees added him back to the 40-man as a result.
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The move doesn’t come as a surprise, since the Yankees are trying to clear space on their 40-man roster. The Yanks have an abundance of prospects that are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, such as Gleyber Torres, Albert Abreu, Thairo Estrada, Domingo Acevedo, and Billy McKinney. The deadline to add them to the 40-man and protect them is Monday.

Then is a 17-year old international signing out of the Dominican Republic. His first and only professional season was 2017 for the Mariners’ Rookie team, where he started 13 games, posting a 2.64 ERA and an 8.22 K/9. Sears, an 11th round pick in the 2017 draft, threw 27 2/3 innings in both Rookie and A ball, striking out an insane 49 batters. 17 of these innings were in A-ball, and he did not allow a run in any of them.

Article by: Alex Weir

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