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Yankees Acquire Former Red Sox Prospect Tyler Hill From Detroit Tigers

12up logo 12up 12/14/2018 Matt Ferremi
a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Tyler Hill © Image by Matt Ferremi Tyler Hill

​The New York Yankees have made another trade this offseason! 

Unfortunately, it wasn't for a starting pitcher, so don't get too excited.

The team announced on Friday morning that they acquired minor league outfielder Tyler Hill from the Detroit Tigers, just a few hours after he left Boston's system.

​​Hill was selected by Detroit from the Boston Red Sox in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft. The 22-year-old was drafted by Boston in 2014, but has yet to appear in the big leagues. He spent the 2018 season with the Red Sox High-A affiliate in Salem, hitting .255 on the year with 27 stolen bases.

This isn't the only acquisition that the Yankees made during the Rule 5 Draft, as they selected right-handed pitcher Adonis De la Cruz from the Seattle Mariners' Double-A roster in the Triple-A phase of the draft. This is, however, the only trade they made after the fact.

Hopefully this doesn't scare away general manager ​Brian Cashman from signing a guy such as ​Bryce Harper, since the outfield depth chart is apparently too crowded. Only half-kidding here.

For real, the team lost Triple-A depth stalwart Mark Payton to Oakland in the Rule 5, so I'm sure they're hoping Hill can fill in for Scranton.


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