NEW YORK — The Yankees acquired speedy minor league outfielder Eric Young Jr. from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations Wednesday, capping a busy day for New York general manager Brian Cashman.
The Yankees also sent outfielder Ben Gamel, the MVP of the International League, to the Seattle Mariners for minor league right-handers Juan De Paula and Jio Orozco.
The 31-year-old Young has played seven seasons in the majors and has 144 steals with Colorado, the Mets and Atlanta. He’s spent this season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, hitting .263 with 23 stolen bases.
Young will be assigned to the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, though he might not make it there. Manager Joe Girardi said it’s possible he will join the major league club when rosters expand later this week.
“He’s a very good baserunner,” Girardi said, “so it’s a possibility.”
The 24-year-old Gamel made his big league debut this season, playing six games for the Yankees. But he has dominated minor league hitting the past couple seasons, batting .308 with six homers, 51 RBIs and 19 steals for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.
In fact, Girardi was just singing his praises earlier this week.
“He had a very good year this year and a head a very good year last year, but I’ve heard they’re pleased with the arms that they got,” he said. “One guy has hit 95 (mph), the other guy has hit 96. They’re a couple of young guys who can hopefully help us down the road.
The 18-year-old De Paula was 1-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 11 games with the rookie-level Arizona League Mariners. The 19-year-old Orozco was 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 12 games with the same team.