Update (6:41 PM ET): Per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Yankees will receive $1.25 million in international bonus pool money from the Mariners. The trade is official.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Emily Waldon report that the Mariners have acquired reliever Adam Warren from the Yankees.
Warren, 30, has been excellent out of the Yankees’ bullpen this year, posting a 2.70 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 12 walks in 30 innings of work. The Yankees’ bullpen has been excellent, so Warren is expendable. Without knowing what the Yankees’ return is, it is possible that this trade could help facilitate another trade that allows the Yankees to upgrade elsewhere.
Warren is owed the remainder of his $3.315 million salary and is eligible for free agency after the season. The Mariners traded for Zach Duke earlier, so the two will add some veteranosity to the bullpen.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.