Madonna had it right in her 1984 hit Borderline. The Yankees and Dodgers got together in a trade involving three “borderline” guys Tuesday.
Infielder-outfielder Rob Segedin went to the Dodgers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Tyler Olson and infielder Ronald Torreyes, along with a Player to be Named Later or cash considerations. Both Olson and Torreyes were placed on the Yankees’ 40-man roster.
Segedin, a native of Old Tappan, N.J., who turned 27 this past November, hit ,271 (107-for-251) in 71 games between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton in 2015. He was not all that pleased to be sent back to the Thunder for the last month of the season.
“It is what it is,” Segedin said of the demotion. “I’ll try to do the best I can and show the Yankees, or anyone else, I still have something to offer. That’s all I can do.”
A good guy who spent parts of four seasons in Trenton, Segedin, a versatile sort who can play third base and the outfield, fell behind some talented players in the system and battled the injury bug. He gets a new start with the Dodgers.
In return, the Yankees get Olson, a southpaw reliever who made his big-league debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2015, compiling a 1-1, 5.40 mark in 11 appearances, and Torreyes.
Olson was a seventh-round pick by the Mariners in 2013 out of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash, where he grew up. He was traded from Seattle to the Dodgers Dec. 18.
Torreyes, 23, who was designated for assignment by the Dodgers Jan. 7, played in eight games with them in 2015, batting .333. He has bounced around, hitting .140 (7-for-50) in 16 games for Double-A New Hampshire, a Toronto farm team, in 2015, but is a solid fielder who can play second base, shortstop and third base and has a .298 (686-for-2,301) average in eight minor-league seasons.
A native of Liberator, Venezuela, he was originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds as a free-agent in 2010.
All three players, getting another chance, are definitely on the big-league “borderline.”