Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are calling up 23-year-old outfield prospect Mason Williams for his MLB debut.
Williams appeared on most top-100 prospect lists in 2012, 2013, and 2014, but his stock dropped a lot following a rough season at Double-A last year. However, he’s bounced back in a big way this year by hitting .318 with more walks (27) than strikeouts (23) and a .795 OPS in 54 games between Double-A and Triple-A.
Williams has primarily been a center fielder in the minors, so his presence could allow the Yankees to shift Brett Gardner back to left field in Jacoby Ellsbury’s absence. Or they could use the speedy, left-handed-hitting Williams all over the outfield as needed.
Yankees reliever David Carpenter, who was designated for assignment last week, has been traded to the Nationals in exchange for minor league infielder Tony Renda.
Carpenter has bounced around a ton and is now on his fifth team at age 29, but he throws hard and has a 3.73 ERA with 212 strikeouts in 205 career innings as a big leaguer.
Renda was the Nationals’ second-round draft pick in 2012, but he’s hitting just .267 with one homer and a .673 OPS in 54 games at Double-A as a 24-year-old this season and is not considered much of a prospect.
Last month, when the Braves demoted right-hander Trevor Cahill to the bullpen, manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was “not a permanent move.”
It turns out he was right, because the Braves have designated Cahill for assignment and dropped him from the roster after he allowed 23 runs in 26 innings.
Cahill made the All-Star team for the A’s as a 22-year-old in 2010 and later signed a $30 million contract, but he’s gone 3-15 with a 5.98 ERA since the beginning of last season and has now been dumped by both the Diamondbacks and the Braves within the past three months.
Cahill is still just 27 years old and is making $12 million this season, but he may have to settle for a minor-league deal at this point.