A week after designating him for assignment, the New York Mets have traded reliever Gonzalez Germen to the New York Yankees for cash, according to ESPN New York. The specific amount of cash has not been revealed.
After a solid debut season in 2013, the 27-year-old righty struggled to both stay on the field and keep balls in the park in 2014. Germen only pitched 30 innings in the major leagues last year, and his home-runs-per-nine rate ballooned from 0.26 in 2013 to 2.08 in 2014. That dramatic spike led unsurprisingly to a 4.75 ERA.
Germen's penchant for giving up home runs makes him a confusing fit for the Yankees. A pitcher who has trouble keeping the ball in Citi Field will certainly have trouble keeping it in the bandbox that is Yankee Stadium.
This is the first trade between the Yankees and Mets since the famed swap of lefty relievers Mike Stanton and Felix Heredia in 2004.