The New York Yankees have traded minor-league left-handed pitcher Cale Frare to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for international signing bonus money. According to Jack Curry of YES Network, who broke the news, the White Sox are sending $1.5 million in international signing bonus to the Yankees.
The 25-year-old left-hander was the Yankees’ 11th round selection in the 2012 amateur draft. After a mediocre 2017 campaign in 2017 with High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, Frare broke onto the scene in Trenton this year when he posted a 0.62 ERA in 43.2 innings of work out of the Thunder bullpen. He struck out 57 batters and only walked 15 en route to getting a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Frare only appeared in one game for the Railriders before getting dealt to the White Sox, as he allowed one run on two hits while striking out one batter.
Frare wasn’t likely to be added to the Yankees’ 40-man roster this winter with other relievers in the Yankees’ farm system being ahead of him.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post noted that New York could choose to protect lefty Stephen Tarpley, who has a 1.42 ERA between Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 50.2 innings of work. He has 40 strikeouts and 20 walks on the year.
Tarpley is ranked No. 39 on our Pinstriped Prospects Mid-Season Prospects List.
This is the second trade in the less than 24 hours by Brian Cashman involving international signing bonus money. Late last night, the Yankees acquired first baseman Luke Voit from the St. Louis Cardinals, along with $1 million in international signing bonus money (per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com), in exchange for relievers Chosen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos.
All of that totals up to $2.5 million added in international signing bonus money by Cashman and the Yankees.
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com has linked Cuban pitching prospect Osiel Rodriguez to the Yankees, and now that they have acquired more international signing bonus money, they can afford to sign him.
The 16-year-old right-hander is ranked as the ninth best prospect for the 2018-2019 international signing period by MLB.com and here is their scouting report on Rodriguez:
“The right-hander’s fastball has been clocked at 97 mph, and the pitch usually hovers in the low to mid-90s. There is some concern about a drop in velocity at times, but evaluators attribute the decrease to normal fatigue or being overworked on the showcase circuit. A strike-thrower, Rodriguez has a good mound presence and demeanor. He changes his arm slot and throws several different pitches at different angles, which has proven to be both a blessing and a curse as far as scouts are concerned.
“Evaluators love his “big arm,” but the club that signs him might ask the teenager to refine his approach and focus on only three pitches. He has an unorthodox — sometimes described as a ‘violent” — delivery, but it has not impacted his pitchability.”