Early on Wednesday morning, the Yankees announced that relievers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson have been traded to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named later.
The 29-year-old Cessa had appeared in 29 games with the Yankees this season, pitching to a 2.82 ERA. In six seasons with the Yankees, Cessa appeared in 131 games, making 19 starts and pitching to a 4.19 ERA.
Wilson, the veteran left-hander, struggled to get his feet under him as he began his second stint as a Yankee in 2021, compiling a 7.50 ERA in 21 games.
The trade appears to be a cap-clearing move for the Yankees, and perhaps could be a precursor of another move to come before Friday’s 4:00 p.m. deadline. For now, though, it’s curious that a team in need of bullpen help would trade away two relievers.