A day after red flags went up over their bullpen, the Yankees got help. They acquired right-handed reliever Scott Effross from the Cubs in exchange for highly rated minor leaguer Hayden Wesneski.
Effross is 1-4 with a 2.66 ERA in 47 appearances, including a start. He is second in the majors in appearances. The right-handed pitcher has held opponents to a .220/.267/.299 slant line this season and has been particularly effective against lefties (.132/.220/.245).
He’s blocked 24 of his 28 legacy runners this year, third-best in the National League.
Effross hasn’t allowed a run in 20 of his 24 relief appearances since early June, posting a 2.01 ERA (22.1IP, 5ER) in that span.
The 28-year-old features the two throws the Yankees like in their relievers: a slider, which he throws 40% of the time, and a sinker, 36% of the time.
The move comes less than 24 hours after closer Clay Holmes and Ron Marinaccio stumbled a bit. Holmes made his third save in his last nine appearances and Marinaccio gave up his first hit since June 7 and his first run since April 28.
Wesneski, 24, was one of the young arms the Yankees thought they could contribute this season. He went 6-7 (3.51 ERA) in 19 starts with Triple-A this season. Wesneski was selected by the Yankees in the sixth round of the 2019 Sam Houston State University Freshman Draft.