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Johnny Barbato traded to Pittsburgh

The Yankees announced that the team has traded right-handed pitcher Johnny Barbato to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Barbato was put on waivers to make room for left-handed starter Jordan Montgomery on the 40-man roster. This is yet another trade between the two teams who seem to be making deals every season.

The 24-year-old made the Yankees’ opening day roster last season and appeared in 13 games. In 13.0 innings, Barbato gave up 11 earned runs on 13 hits. He did, however, strikeout 15 batters while walking just five. It took only a year after making the team for Barbato to find himself lost in the shuffle.

From 2014-2016, Barbato owned a sub-3 earned run average between Double-A and Triple-A. However, after a rough start to his Major League career, he never got another chance. He will start in Triple-A for Pittsburgh.

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