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Breaking: Yankees trade Jose Pirela

The offseason is upon us, and GM Brian Cashman is already making waves. The Yankees have traded infielder Jose Pirela to the San Diego Padres for minor league pitcher Ronald Herrera.

The 20 year old Venezuelan is a righty and had a 4.53 ERA for the Padresโ€™ AA affiliate in San Antonio last season., notching three wins and one loss. His fastball is pretty average, usually around 89-91 MPH, however, Herrera has shown that he can be a workhorse and go deep into games. His fastball had some movement, and cuts a bit when he subtracts its speed.

Pirela bounced around between the majors and AAA Scranton, batting .230 in the big leagues and only making a minor impact as a fill-in player. Pitching is a major concern for the Yankeesโ€™ rotation, and although Herrera is only 20, he has some promise and could help the Yankees sooner if not later.

This could be a sign of things to come during the winter as Brian Cashman attempts to strengthen the rotation through trades due to a weak free agent pitching market.