Yankees acquire RHP Jameson Taillon from Pirates in trade for four prospects

Coby Green
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Jameson Taillon backview
Jameson Taillon backview

The Yankees traded for Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon for four prospects, the team announced Sunday afternoon.

Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras, Maikel Escotto and Canaan Smith went to Pittsburgh in the deal.

SNY's Andy Martino previously confirmed that the Yankees were in talks with the Pirates to acquire Taillon as far back as the Joe Musgrove trade talks. The Taillon trade had been under the radar since.

Taillon has been more than serviceable since making the big leagues since 2016 -- he owns a career 3.67 ERA (190 earned runs/466.0 innings), a 3.55 FIP, and a 1.247 WHIP while striking out 8.1 batters per nine innings.

Taillon was rattled by injury early in his career, but tossed 191.0 innings in 2019.

He took to Twitter a few hours after the news broke to thank Pittsburgh and share his excitement to come to New York.

Taillon and the Pirates recently agreed to a $2.25 million deal, avoiding arbitration. The deal reunites Taillon with Gerrit Cole, who were teammates in Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017.

"I told Gerrit, ‘Dude, I want to run it back with you now. I’m at a different place in my life. You’re at a different place in your life. We never got that full chance to do it together.’ We now have that chance," Taillon said on reuniting with Cole, according to MLB.com's Adam Berry.

With Taillon on board, the Yankees' Opening Day rotation looks a bit more clear, with Cole, Jordan Montgomery and Corey Kluber seemingly locked into starting spots. Luis Severino will return from Tommy John surgery in the summer. Deivi Garcia, Clarke Schmidt, Mike King, and Jonathan Loaisiga are also potential rotation options.