Yankees confirms trade of another Red Sox standout star with component that appears significantly different after donning beard with Red Sox

There have been few deals between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees in their history.

Recent deals between them, however, may be marked by the addition or removal of a beard.

Yankees get outfielder Alex Verdugo from Red Sox for pitcher Greg Weissert

This winter, Alex Verdugo surrendered his red shirt and beard for pinstripes and a limit on the number of chains he can wear. Greg Weissert, one of the pitchers Boston acquired in the transaction, already has a full beard. He looks right at home wearing a Red Sox uniform.

Weissert had one of the best mustaches in the Yankees organization, rivaling Nestor Cortes. His beard also ranks near the top of the facial hair pyramid in Boston. Weissert, Connor Wong, and Kenley Jansen have the Sox’s fullest beards this season.

Yankees promote reliever Greg Weissert to bullpen for relief help -  Pinstripe Alley

Greg Weissert’s beard has earned him comparisons to former Red Sox John Schreiber

During Weissert’s appearance on March 26, the Red Sox broadcaster compared him and his new look to recently traded relief pitcher John Schreiber. The likeness exists in more ways than one.

Both pitchers are 6-foot-2, and Weissert’s beard adds a remarkable similarity to their appearance. The two have had ups and downs during their major-league careers, but Schreiber has a much greater sample size of games than Weissert. Weissert’s arsenal includes all of the same pitches that Schreiber does, including a sweeper, four-seamer, sinker, and changeup, as well as a cutter.

Some fans and reporters questioned Weissert’s potential to make Boston’s Opening Day roster, and Alex Cora had praised Isiah Campbell above Weissert. Due to injuries in the bullpen, both pitchers will now be on the Opening Day roster, although Weissert’s spring has eliminated much of the ambiguity regarding his pitching ability.

Weissert has a 0.96 ERA in 9.1 innings in the Grapefruit League. The right-hander has 12 strikeouts to three walks and has allowed only six hits. He made his season debut on Saturday, pitching a clean frame with two strikeouts to keep the Sox in the game until Julio Rodriguez walked them off in extra innings.

Weissert and Campbell will both nicely fill Schreiber’s gap in the pen, although the former may make it appear as if Schreiber never left now that he has the freedom to grow a beard. That was something the Yankees could not provide.

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