TAMPA, FL - MARCH 02: Johnny Barbato #83 of the New York Yankees pitches during the Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field on March 2, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 10-9. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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.