Cubs trade Scott Effross to Yankees

12:05 p.m.: The Yankees announced the trade.

11:54 a.m.: right-handed Hayden Wesneski returns to Chicago in trade, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

11:41 a.m.: Yankees, Cubs agree on trade sending right-hander Scott Effros from Chicago to New York, reports Jack Curry of the YES Network (by Twitter).

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.

More soon.


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