Just got out of the annual beat writers’ lunch with all of the managers. While we were in there, the Yankees officially completed their trade of Chris Stewart to the Pirates, acquiring RHP Kyle Haynes as the player to be named later.
Haynes had a 2.38 ERA with 36 walks and 85 strikeouts in 83.1 innings last season in High-A West Virginia. He spent some time in the rotation late last season, but Mark Newman confirmed that the Yankees see him as a reliever. Haynes is 22 and was drafted in 2012, so he’s under team control for a while. Kind of a borderline prospect, but that’s probably what you expected from the Stewart deal.
Meanwhile, our friend Mark Feinsand says the Yankees have no intention of giving Omar Infante four years, which might open the door for a team like the Royals to sign him. It’s interesting, we came into this winter expecting the Yankees to to fight against the luxury tax. Instead, they’ve been willing to spend big money, but they’ve been hesitant about giving too many years. They finally gave Carlos Beltran three years. Wonder if things might reach a point where they’re willing to go four with Infante.