The Yankees are nearing a trade for outfielder Greg Allen, according to a report from MLB Network insider Joel Sherman.
Sherman also reported that the Yankees are sending left-hander James Reeves, a 27-year-old who was New York’s 10th-round Draft pick in 2015, to San Diego in the deal. The Yankees have not confirmed the report.
#Yankees are trading James Reeves to the #Padres for Allen. Few years back there were those in NYY org who really liked Reeves as under radar LH reliever. Allen is SH OF with speed. He goes on NYY’s 40-man roster.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 6, 2021
Allen, 27, was designated for assignment by the Padres last week in a move used to clear space for newly signed infielder Ha-Seong Kim. Allen arrived in San Diego from Cleveland last summer in the trade that also brought right-hander Mike Clevinger to the west coast, but Allen appeared in only one game for the Padres.
Allen’s reputation is more for stellar defense in the outfield than his bat. The San Diego native has rated above average by Statcast’s Outs Above Average metric in each of the last four seasons while producing a career .239/.298/.343 slash line with eight homers at the plate.