After word came down that the Yankees and Marlins completed a five-player trade, the team also announced they have acquired right-handed reliever Gonzalez Germen from the New York Mets for cash considerations. To make room on the roster, they have designated pitcher Preston Claiborne for assignment.
The 27-year-old Germen (yes the second German the Yankees got today) did not record a decision in his 27 relief appearances with the Mets last year. There is not too much to go on, but he has a career 4.31 ERA over 64.2IP. Just a depth move for the bullpen now that David Phelps is gone, certainly the Yankees weren’t looking at Claiborne as serious bullpen help. This is also the first trade between the two New York baseball franchises since 2004, when the Yankees traded LHP Mike Stanton for LHP Felix Heredia. Credit Lohud for that tidbit