Yankees Roster Moves: November 20 & 21

(Yankee Stadium – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Yankees made three moves on Tuesday and Wednesday, as they acquired an outfielder and pitcher, and promoted one of their own pitchers to the major-league roster.

On Wednesday, the Yankees acquired OF Tim Locastro from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for RHP Drew Finley and cash considerations.

Locastro, 26, hit .182/.357/.273 (2-for-11) with 1 double, 2BB and 4SB in 18 games (three starts at CF) with the Dodgers in 2018 after making his Major League debut for the club in 2017. The right-handed hitter is a native of Auburn, N.Y., and combined to hit .286/.397/.415 (91-for-318) with 64R, 23 doubles, 3 triples, 4HR, 29RBI, 31BB and 19SB in 89 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City and the AZL Dodgers. He saw playing time in the outfield (57 games) and at 2B (31 games) and 1B (11 games). Locastro played collegiately at Ithaca College and was originally selected by the Blue Jays in the 13th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Locastro has been added to the 40-man roster, which now stands at 40.

On Tuesday, the Yankees selected RHP Joe Harvey to the Major League roster.

Harvey, 26, made 43 relief appearances between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season, going 3-2 with 11 saves and a 1.67 ERA (59.1IP, 34H, 12R/11ER, 25BB, 68K, 2HR). His 11 saves were tied for second-most among Yankees farmhands in 2018. The Audubon, Pa., native has posted a 1.75 ERA (144.0IP, 28ER) in 102 games (six starts) over five minor league seasons since being selected by the Yankees in the 19th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Pittsburgh.

The Yankees also made a trade on Tuesday, as they acquired minor league RHP Jefry Valdez from Colorado in exchange for RHP Jordan Foley.

Valdez, 23, went 3-1 with four saves and a 5.82 ERA (34.0IP, 48H, 27R/22ER, 9BB, 45K, 2HR) in 27 relief appearances for Single-A Boise in 2018. His 11.91 K/9.0 IP ratio ranked fifth in the Northwest League (min. 30.0IP). The native of Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic, was signed by the Rockies as a non-drafted free agent on May 8, 2015.

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