Yankees trade RHP Johnny Barbato to Pirates
New York sends reliever to Pittsburgh for cash and player to be named later
NEW YORK - The New York Yankees have traded RHP Johnny Barbato to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations, and the Pirates have optioned Barbato to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Barbato, 24, was designated for assignment last Wednesday when the Yankees added LHP Jordan Montgomery to the 40-man roster. He had made just one appearance this season, throwing four innings of two-run ball in an April 6 start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Originally a sixth-round pick of San Diego in 2010, Barbato was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres on December 29, 2014 in exchange for RHP Shawn Kelley. He split 2015 between Double-A Trenton and Scranton and split 2016 between SWB and the Majors, making his major-league debut on April 5 and going 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA in 13 games in pinstripes.