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The Yankees make 2 Trades in 24 hours

The New York Yankees made 2 different trades in the last 24 hours, 1 late Tuesday evening and the other early Wednesday morning. The 2 trades may not seem like blockbusters, and they are not, but they do address 2 needs for them. But, what I think is most important, is that it addresses the fact of the Yankees getting younger. Since they are collectively the oldest team when you combine their players ages on their 25 man roster to other teams 25 man rosters.

The Yankees and Padres agreed to a trade Wednesday that sent right-hander Ronald Herrera to New York and infielder Jose Pirela to San Diego.

RonaldHerreraHerrera, 20, went 8-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 26 games (25 starts) between the Padres’ Class A Advanced affiliate in Lake Elsinore and Double-A club in San Antonio this year. He was acquired by the Padres from the A’s in the trade that sent outfielder Kyle Blanks to Oakland in May 2014.

JosePirelaHerrera is 23-24 lifetime with a 3.79 ERA in 82 games (74 starts) spanning four Minor League seasons.

Pirela, 25, hit .230 with a homer and five RBIs in 37 games with the Yanks this past season. He missed the first month of the season while on the concussion disabled list following an injury sustained during a March 22 Spring Training game.

In 64 Minor League games between Class A Advanced Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pirela hit .310 with three homers and 23 RBIs. He was signed by the club as a non-drafted free agent in 2006 and made his Major League debut in 2014.

The Yankees acquired outfielder Aaron Hicks from the Twins on Wednesday in exchange for catcher John Ryan Murphy.

Aaron+HicksHicks, 26, hit .256 (90-for-352) with 11 doubles, 11 home runs and 33 RBIs in 97 games with the Twins in 2015. The switch-hitter batted .307 (31-for-101) with six homers off left-handed pitching and has hit .272 (62-for-228) with 10 homers in his career off left-handers.

The Long Beach, Calif., native has appeared at all three outfield positions in his career, playing 226 games in center field, 21 in right field and 10 in left field, posting a .995 fielding percentage as an outfielder (657 total chances, three errors). In 2015, he had nine outfield assists and made just one error in 254 chances (.996 fielding pct.).

Hicks was originally selected by the Twins in the first round (14th overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut with Minnesota in 2013 and is a .225 (184-for-819) career hitter with 20 homers and 78 RBIs in 247 games.

John Ryan Murphy, CatcherMurphy, 24, hit .277 (43-for-155) with three homers and 14 RBIs in 67 games (43 starts at catcher) for the Yankees, spending the entire season at the Major League level for the first time in his career. He ranked third among American League catchers in batting average (minimum 100 at-bats) behind the Orioles’ Steve Clevenger (.287) and the Rays’ John Jaso(.286). He was originally selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2009 Draft and has hit .267 (70-for-262) with four homers and 24 RBIs in 115 games at the Major League level.

The Yankees’ 40-man roster now stands at 38.

Parts of this article were written by and Joey Nowak

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