The Yankees have traded utility player Rob Refsnyder to the Blue Jays for first baseman Ryan McBroom, the team announced on Twitter.
Refsnyder, who played first base, second base, left field and right field, had a hard time playing well in those spots in parts of three seasons with the Yankees, who drafted him in the fifth round back in the 2012 MLB Draft. The 26-year-old had hit .241 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 94 games. This year, he had been slashing a dismal .135/.200/.216 in 20 games before he was designated for assignment on Wednesday — the same day the Yankees acquired All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier, former closer David Robertson and reliever Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox.
As for McBroom, he is an up-and-coming first baseman since being drafted by Toronto in the 15th round back in 2014. This year, the 25-year-old right-handed hitter had batted .243 with 19 doubles, 12 homers and 54 RBI in 96 games in his first full season at Double-A New Hampshire. McBroom, who was ranked as the Blue Jays’ No. 30 overall prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, was assigned to Double-A Trenton. He now joins a list of young first baseman in the organization that includes Greg Bird, Tyler Austin and Garrett Cooper, who was acquired in a trade with the Brewers on July 13.