12:05 p.m.: The Yankees announced the trade.
Effross, 28, isn’t a household name, but he’s been outstanding since the Cubs promoted him to his Major League debut in 2021. The right-hander has totaled 58 2/3 innings as a big league player to date and has posted a 2.91 ERA with a 28.8% Strikeout Rate, 5.1% Walk Rate and 46% Ground Ball Rate.
While Effross throws right-handed, he’s been far more effective against left-handers than right-handers so far in his big league career, which has surely appealed to the Yankees (and other teams). That’s not to say he’s ineffective against other right-handers — far from it — but Effross has kept left-handers on a putrid .160/.250/.253 batting line through 85 plate appearances. Right-handed hitters had their own struggles, hitting Effross at a solid .262 clip but posting a meager .287 OBP and just .369 hitting percentage.