By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
Even after the trade deadline, the Yankees are still making deals, as relief pitcher Matt Thornton has been sent to the Washington Nationals after clearing through waivers. Thornton has simply not been all that good for the Yankees this season, as with the title of a lefty specialist, left-handed batters shouldn’t be hitting .250 against you. In the first year of a two-year seven million dollar contract, Thornton is 0-3 with an ERA of 2.55.
The trade will save the Yankees about four million dollars, and they seem to have replacements close to being ready to replace Thornton as a lefty in the bullpen. Rich Hill, has been called up for now to add a veteran lefty to the bullpen for the time being before some of the young arms are ready.
New York has three left-handers in the farm system that they are high on right now in Jacob Lindgren, Tyler Webb, and James Pazos. Lindgren was the Yankees second-round pick in this year’s draft, and has just recently been promoted to Double-A. In the minors this season, he has a 0.68 ERA in 13.1 innings, and with some more good outings in Double-A, Lindgren may find himself in the major leagues very quickly.