Good News: Just In New York Yankees Announced THE Signing OF Another Top Experienced Superstar

In Arizona, the Yankees will add a new reliever to their roster.
Jake Cousins was purchased by the New York Yankees from the Chicago White Sox yesterday in exchange for cash, and they plan to use him nearly right away. He began his Major League Baseball career with the Milwaukee Brewers, played for the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox in recent years, and is currently a Bronx resident with the Yankees. The hard-throwing right-hander could fit the mold of a reliever that Matt Blake and crew excel at developing because of his nasty arsenal, which includes a sweeping slider and a strong sinker.

Erik Boland of Newsday broke the story first. The 29-year-old right-hander’s trade with the Yankees will not include a mention of who the team would demote in exchange.

In this MLB series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers, Jake Cousins is expected to join the Yankees.
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The Yankees will add another deal to their shuffle as they reorganize their bullpen after demotioning Clayton Beeter, which led them to roster Tanner Tully and designate Nick Ramirez for assignment. Although he hasn’t been added to an active roster yet, the move itself is official, as the team declared on their Twitter page. They could have sent Cousins to Triple-A for the time being because he had a MiLB option, but they will keep him on the Major League roster.

The Yankees will need to make room on the roster for Cousins because he was not included in the Chicago White Sox 40-man roster. Fortunately, this shouldn’t be too difficult to do. Since they didn’t have Tanner Tully on their 40-man roster until they demoted Beeter, they might designate him for assignment even if they haven’t utilized him. He might also be able to clear waivers and accept the outright assignment to Scranton.

Potential candidates for 60-day injured leave include Oswald Peraza and DJ LeMahieu, with the former being more plausible given that he is currently experiencing a throwing shutdown. An MRI earlier in Spring Training indicated that the infielder suffered a shoulder ailment that would necessitate a 6–8 week layoff. This is not even accounting for the time it will take to heal and return to play, which could take up to a month.

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MLB: The New York Yankees against. Arizona Diamondbacks
On September 22, 2023, in the Bronx, New York, USA, Oswald Peraza (91), a third baseman for the New York Yankees, tosses the ball to first base for an out in the sixth inning of Yankee Stadium’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. * Required Credit: USA TODAY Sports/Vincent Carchietta
In 51 career appearances with the Brewers, Jake Cousins has a 3.08 ERA, striking out 31.4% of hitters faced and registering a 50.4% groundball percentage. His inability to consistently get outs in key situations has resulted in an alarmingly high walk rate of 16.2%. His elite-level stuff, including his power sinker and sweeping slider from a lower slot that is even more deceiving due to the crossbody motion, is what the Yankees find enticing.

With a Whiff Rate of 49.8% in his MLB career, the slider is particularly nasty, and if he can continue to locate the four-seamer up in the zone against lefties, it might also be a strong pitch. Because of his unusual release height and horizontal release point, he could be a good option for a four-seamer up in the zone because hitters will find it difficult to hit it, and it would mix in nicely with his sinker-sweeper combination.

Cousins posted a 1.29 ERA and a 39.3% strikeout rate in seven Spring Training appearances. He also reduced the walk rate to 7.1% and produced a solid 50% groundball rate with the White Sox.

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