The New York Yankees announced on Wednesday that they have acquired third baseman James Nelson from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-handed pitcher Stephen Tarpley. Tarpley, 26, was designated for assignment by the Yankees when they officially announced they re-signed outfielder Brett-Gardner.
Tarpley appeared in 21 games for the Yankees during the 2019 season, all but one of them was out of the bullpen. He pitched to a 6.93 ERA with a 5.69 FIP while striking out 34 batters over 24 2/3 innings of work. Opponents hit .330 against him at the major league level, with a BABIP of .444.
The Yankees acquired Tarpley, along with outfielder Tito Polo, on August 30, 2016, from the Pittsburgh Pirates as the players to be named later, completing the Ivan Nova trade. Throughout his minor league career, Tarpley appeared in 133 games, 62 starts, pitching to a 39-18 career record with 430 strikeouts over 450 2/3 innings of work.
Nelson, 22, joins the Yankees organization after being in the Marlins system for four seasons. He was initially drafted by Miami in the 15th round of 2016 MLB Draft out of Cisco Junior College in Texas. He spent the last two seasons with the Jupiter Hammerheads where he played in 183 games, hitting .222/.273/.290 with 23 doubles, two triples, six home runs, and 64 RBIs. Overall, he has a slash line of .259/.309/.354 in 328 minor league games.