Yankees reportedly acquire Jameson Taillon in trade with Pirates

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By RADIO.COM

The New Yankees have added another pitcher to their rotation.

According to an ESPN report, the Bombers acquired starting pitcher Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for prospects Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras, Maikol Escotto and Canaan Smith.

Taillon, 29, did not pitch last season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in August 2019, and only appeared in seven games in 2019.

In his last healthy season, 2018, the right-hander went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, striking out 179 batters in 191 innings.

Taillon’s ceiling has always been high. The Pirates selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2010 after Bryce Harper and before Manny Machado. He made his MLB debut in 2016, going 5-4 with a 3.38 ERA.

Taillon is due $2.25 million in 2021, which fits into the Yankees’ tight offseason budget and allows them to add an arm while remaining under the $210 million luxury tax threshold.

He is reunited with a former teammate in Gerrit Cole, but joins a rotation filled with question marks behind the Yankees’ ace, which includes Corey Kluber, Jordan Montgomery, Domingo German and Luis Severino – who is not expected back until at least June as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

The Pirates, meanwhile, continued their offseason of stockpiling prospects – adding four more in the Yankees trade, including two pitchers in Yajure and Contreras.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more details.

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