The New York Yankees today announced that they have acquired RHP Ronald Herrera from the San Diego Padres in exchange for INF Jose Pirela.
Herrera, 20, went 8-7 with a 4.08 ERA (145.2IP, 148H, 73R/66ER, 42BB, 104K, 10HR) in 26 combined games (25 starts) between Single-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio in the Padres organization in 2015. The right-hander was acquired by San Diego from Oakland along with OF Jake Goebbert in exchange for OF Kyle Blanks on May 15, 2014.
Originally signed by the Athletics as a non-drafted free agent on December 11, 2011, Herrera owns a 23-24 record and 3.79 ERA (415.1IP, 446H, 210R/175ER, 100BB, 296K, 25HR) in 82 career games (74 starts) over four minor league seasons.
Pirela, 25, hit .230 (17-for-74) with 1HR and 5RBI in 37 games with the Yankees in 2015. He missed the first month of the season on the concussion disabled list following an injury suffered during a spring training game on March 22 in Port St. Lucie. In 64 combined minor league games-including his rehab assignment-with Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he hit .310 (76-for-245) with 3HR and 23RBI. The Venezuela native made his Major League debut with the Yankees in 2014 and was originally signed by the club as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2006.
The Yankees' 40-man roster now stands at 38.