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YANKEES ACQUIRE RHP MIGUEL CASTRO

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The New York Yankees today announced that they have acquired RHP Miguel Castro from the New York Mets in exchange for LHP Joely Rodríguez.

 

Castro, 27, went 3-4 with a 3.45 ERA (70.1IP, 48H, 30R/27ER, 43BB, 77K, 7HR) in a career-high 69 appearances, including two starts (both as an opener) with the Mets in 2021. His 3.45 ERA marked a Major League career-best, in addition to his 0.90 HR/9.0IP and 6.14 H/9.0IP. He led all Mets relievers in appearances and innings pitched, and held batters to a .189 (48-for-254) opponents’ batting average. He was acquired by the Mets from the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later (INF Victor González) and LHP Kevin Smith on August 31, 2020.

 

Over his seven-year Major League career, the right-handed pitcher has gone 11-22 with seven saves and a 4.13 ERA (353.1IP, 306H, 177R/162ER, 190BB, 311K, 45HR) in 299 appearances (four starts) for the Toronto Blue Jays (2015), Colorado Rockies (2015-16), Baltimore Orioles (2017-20) and the Mets (2020-21).  A native of La Romana, D.R., he originally signed with Toronto as a non-drafted free agent on January 5, 2012.

 

Rodríguez, 30, has gone 3-5 with one save and a 4.61 ERA (95.2IP, 106H, 59R/49ER, 42BB, 89K, 8HR) in 102 relief appearances over four Major League seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (2016-17), Texas Rangers (2020-21) and Yankees (2021). He also spent two seasons (2018-19) with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League. The Santo Domingo, D.R., native was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on March 31, 2009.

 

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In 2021, the left-handed pitcher combined with the Rangers and Yankees to go 2-3 with one save and a 4.66 ERA (46.1IP, 53H, 27R/24ER, 18BB, 47K, 4HR) in a career-high 52 relief appearances. He had been acquired by the Yankees from the Rangers along with INF/OF Joey Gallo and cash considerations in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Glenn Otto and infielders Ezequiel Duran, Trevor Hauver and Josh Smith on July 29, 2021. In 21 appearances with the Yankees, he went 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA (19.0IP, 21H, 8R/6ER, 6BB, 17K, 1HR).

 

This trade marks just the third trade between the Yankees and Mets since 2005. On April 10, 2018, the Yankees acquired INF/OF L.J. Mazzilli from the Mets for OF Kendall Coleman. On December 19, 2014, the Yankees acquired RHP Gonzalez Germen from the Mets for cash considerations.

 

SOURCE:

Jon Butensky

Assistant, Communications and Media Relations

New York Yankees

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