Roster Move: The @Yankees traded LHP Richard Bleier to Baltimore in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) February 21, 2017
It’s official. LHP Richard Bleier of the New York Yankees has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later (Manny Machado I BET) or cash considerations (probably at least $1 billion).
The 29 year old reliever made his MLB debut last season with the Yanks and put up some good numbers in a small sample size. Over 23 innings Bleier pitched to a 1.96 ERA (2.67 FIP) with 13K’s and 4BB’s. He did pick up two holds, put it’s not like the team was exactly using him in high leverage situations. He’s got the stuff that groundballs are made of with his primary pitch being a sinker and an oft-used slider as one of his secondaries (neither spectacular).
We know bullpen is not a weak spot for the Yankees, so Bleier was by no means a guy they were desperate to hold on to. With one less guy competing for a roster spot, it looks like this move might help recent acquisition Jon Niese as he tries to make the team this spring.
Here’s a list of all the pitchers currently on the team’s 40 man roster, plus spring training invitees. I’ve bolded the names of players who I think will likely be on the 25 man roster by opening day:
With a guy like Warren already on the team, and one of either Severino/Green/Cessa getting bumped from the 4/5 rotation spot and into the bullpen, it doesn’t look like there’s a whole lot of room for Niese, even after this trade. Anything can happen though. As we all know, injuries will strike at any moment, and Niese could be a good backup if a starter gets hurt and one of those three guys needs to be moved from the bullpen to the rotation.