The Yankees traded 26-year-old minor league reliever JP Feyereisen to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for international signing bonus pool money and 16-year-old infielder Brenny Escanio.
JPF had a 2.49 ERA (3.34 FIP) in 61.1 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. He struck out 94 batters but also walked 31 in those innings. He is now a member of his hometown organization, the Milwaukee Brewers.
Brian Cashman originally acquired JPF in the 2016 Andrew Miller trade. The Yankees had acquired Feyereisen along with LHP Justus Sheffield, OF Clint Frazier, and RHP Ben Heller for Miller. After flipping Sheffield last winter and Feyereisen today, Frazier and Heller remain (Justus Sheffield turned into James Paxton, though, so it’s not like he’s just gone and that’s it).
I can’t find any real information on Escanio, but I’m always down for acquiring young talent. He is 16 years old!
The Brewers may feel like they can turn JPF into something good. He is not eligible to be on their postseason roster for this year, but maybe they think he can break out next season. He certainly wouldn’t be the first to do that.
The Yankees never spoke particularly highly of him, so I am not surprised to see him go. The bonus money is more important to the long-term success of the Yankees than an already 26-year-old career minor leaguer who doesn’t figure to crack the MLB bullpen this year or next.