MLB Rumors: Yankees offer Cubs best hope for rookie reliever

NEW YORK –It was apparent the Yankees would negotiate for bullpen help before Tuesday’s trade deadline and indeed general manager Brian Cashman reached a deal early Monday afternoon.

This one was a surprise.

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Instead of acquiring one of the many veterans available, the Yankees worked with the Chicago Cubs for one of the majors’ top rookie relievers, right-hander Scott Effross.

YES Network’s Jack Curry first reported the deal, which helps offset season-ending injuries to two high-leverage relievers, Chad Green with Tommy John surgery in May and Michael King with a broken elbow in July.

Effross, 28, had a 2.66 ERA in 47 appearances with the Cubs. In 44 innings, the Ohio native allowed 36 hits, struck out 50 and walked 11.

The price was high, as the Yankees gave up popular Triple-A right-hander Hayden Wesneski for Effross.

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A 2019 sixth-round pick, Wesneski was ranked the Yankees’ seventh-best prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Effross was drafted by the Cubs in the 15th round in 2015. He made his major league debut last season, throwing to a 3.68 ERA in 14 outings with the Cubs.

Here are some other recent Yankees posts on NJ.com to check out:

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— Yankees need Frankie Montas and more, and ‘all the best prospects should be in play,’ says scout

– Yankees push for Athletics’ Frankie Montas, top 3 favorite

— The Yankees’ needs at the trade deadline? “We are a very complete team,” boasts Aaron Boone

— Do the Yankees need help with the bullpen? Clay Holmes had a trade deadline after missing the game

— Clay Holmes explodes in 9th position, the Yankees miss their chance to sweep the Royals | Quick reaction

— Yankees injury updates: Giancarlo Stanton ‘moving needle’; Zack Britton and Luis Severino take big steps

— Don’t bet against Aaron Judge catching Yankees legends Roger Maris and Babe Ruth | Klapisch

— The Yankees crush the Royals, 8-2, Aaron Judge hits his 42nd home run | Quick reaction

– Yankees host first Alumni Day since 2019 – but without Derek Jeter

— Aaron Boone puts Aaron Judge in class with Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr.

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