Pirates commerce RHP Jameson Taillon for Yanees

The New York Yankees continue to fill with pitchers eager to get back on their feet after injuries. The Yankees acquired right-handed Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and several other reporters.

Source: Jameson Taillon was sold to the Yankees for a package from four prospective buyers. The story follows.

– Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) January 24, 2021

The Yankees struck a deal to acquire RHP Jameson Taillon from the Pirates, sources and @adamdberry tell me.

– Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 24, 2021

The Pirates and Yankees made the deal official on Sunday afternoon, announcing that the Yankees would send four prospects to Pittsburgh in exchange for Taillon: RHP Miguel Yajure, RHP Roansy Contreras, INF Maikol Escotto and OF Canaan Smith.

Taillon was operated on by Tommy John in 2019

29-year-old Taillon is a former first round player who has spent his entire career with the Pirates. He debuted in 2016 and has a 3.67 ERA over 82 starts. However, none of these launches have occurred in the past 18 months. Taillon hasn’t made a single inning since May 2019 when he landed on the injured list with a flexion load in his right arm. After a few months trying to rehabilitate this injury, Taillon had to undergo surgery from Tommy John that forced him to miss the entire 2020 season.

The story goes on

Just over a week before taking on Taillon, the Yankees reportedly signed Corey Kluber, another pitcher who missed a significant time due to injury. Kluber pitched fewer than 40 innings over seven starts for the Cleveland Indians in 2019 due to a broken right arm and possibly tight stomach. He was sold to the Texas Rangers prior to the 2020 season but only threw one inning due to another arm injury.

The pirate mug Jameson Taillon is said to be on the way to the Yankees. (Photo by Justin Berl / Getty Images)

Taillon shares goodbye message

Taillon spoke to Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic on Sunday to share his parting words with pirate fans and posted a short message on his Twitter account.

Pirates traded Jameson Taillon for Yankees. “It’s emotional to me. I was the last man in that drafting class in 2010. This organization became family. Super excited to be going to Yankees, but it’s still difficult.”

– RobBiertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) January 24, 2021

Taillon: “It didn’t seem like this was something the pirates originally wanted, but it got to the point where the Yankees and other teams were persistent. From where the pirates are, to the Yankees, where the only thing that wins is exciting. “

– RobBiertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) January 24, 2021

Jameson Taillon to Pirate Fans: “I know you put up with a lot for a long time. But I really believe Ben, Shelty (el al) are the right people for this job. Trust what they build. I will looking to Pittsburgh and the pirates for the rest of my life. “

– RobBiertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) January 24, 2021

Bittersweet day for me here! Trying to process it all has so much to say to the city of Pittsburgh and my teammates. I also have so much to say about this incredible opportunity and the city / fans in New York. Thank you to everyone who tried! More will follow shortly

– Jameson Taillon (@ JTaillon50) January 24, 2021

The Pirates had a busy off-season trading some of their major league talents for potential customers. Your wage bill has now dropped to an absolutely shocking $ 43 million, and the off-season isn’t over yet. They are supposedly being rebuilt, but with their last success five years ago with two direct wildcard losses, this feels more like normal business.

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