Prior to their second home game of the season, the Yankees made a small trade to help fill out the roster of the upper-level affiliates. The Yankees acquired 27-year-old infielder Cody Asche from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.
Asche signed a minor league contract with the Royals on December 15 to help provide extra depth for them in the minors. He appeared in 16 games with Kansas City during spring training when he went .269/.412/.500 in 26 at-bats. During that time, he played mostly third base but does have experience at first base and in the outfield throughout his career.
Since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies he has played in 447 career minor league games, hitting .287/.354/.457 in 1,571 at-bats with 96 doubles, 11 triples, 55 home runs and 247 runs batted in.
Asche has played in the majors with both the Phillies and the Chicago White Sox. Overall, he has a career .234/.293/.376 line in the major leagues across 390 games. He will be assigned to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to open the 2018 season.