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Yankees acquire Mike Tauchman from Rockies

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The Yankees completed a trade on Saturday, sending minor league reliever Phillip Diehl to the Rockies in exchange for outfielder Mike Tauchman. Per Yankees skipper Aaron Boone, Tauchman will be given the opportunity to break camp with the team, though nothing has been set in stone quite yet.

Tauchman, 28, has yet to make significant strides in the majors. He’s poised to enter his third MLB season after hitting a paltry .094/.194/.125 across 37 PA with Colorado in 2018. He exhibited some speed and latent power potential in the minors, however, and carried a .323 average, 20 home runs, and 12 stolen bases (in 22 chances) while covering all three outfield positions in Triple-A Albuquerque. Should his struggles at the plate continue in the big leagues, he still offers enough positional flexibility to remain a viable backup option in an already-crowded outfield.

Diehl, meanwhile, is several levels removed from his own major-league breakthrough. The 24-year-old lefty split his 2018 campaign between the High-A and Double-A levels of the Yankees’ farm system with a combined 2.51 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 12.9 SO/9 through 75 1/3 innings. According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, the reliever was thrown for a loop when news of the trade broke and went so far as to ask Boone if the deal was a prank.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.