Yankees trade Manny Banuelos to the Braves for a pair of pitchers

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Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that the Yankees have traded pitcher Manny Banuelos to the Braves for pitchers David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve.

Banuelos, 23, signed with the Yankees in 2008 and was a consensus top prospect entering the 2011 and ’12 seasons. He missed all of the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in October 2012, and hasn’t posted great results since. This past season, he compiled a 4.11 ERA with a 71/31 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings between Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton, and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Carpenter, 29, is entering his first year of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander has been a reliable reliever for the Braves over the last two seasons, posting a 2.63 ERA with a 141/36 K/BB ratio in 126 2/3 innings.

Shreve, 24, made his major league debut for the Braves in July, enjoying a stint of a week and a half in the show. He returned in September when rosters expanded, finishing the year with a 0.73 ERA and a 15/3 K/BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings. In the minors, where he spent most of his season, Shreve owned a 2.67 ERA and an 87/12 K/BB ratio in 64 innings, most of which came with Double-A Mississippi.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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