The Yankees traded Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday in exchange for 1B Luke Voit and international signing bonus pool money, the team announced.
The trade helped make room for newcomers JA Happ and Zach Britton, who were both recently acquired by the Yankees.
Voit, 27, has spent most of the season between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .300 with 16 doubles and nine homers in 69 games. He hit .182 in limited action in the majors this season.
He had two hits -- including a home run -- and three RBI in eight games with the Cardinals.
Shreve was on the Shreve had a 4.14 ERA/4.95 FIP and 1.486 WHIP in 39 relief appearances this season for the Yankees. Gallegos pitched in just four big-league games this season, allowing five runs on 10 hits in 10 innings. In 17 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Gallegos posted a 3.90 ERA and 1.30 WHIP.
Once Zach Britton and J.A. Happ were acquired, Shreve's chances of sticking with the team much longer seemed doomed. Instead of losing Shreve to a potential waiver claim, the club packaged him with Gallegos, who has performed well at Triple-A, but his infrequent jumps to the big leagues did not translate to extended stays with New York.
Voit is a journeyman minor leaguer, with minimal big league time under his belt. He possesses a power bat, so there is the potential that he provides some depth at first base or as a right-handed hitter off the bench for the Yankees at some point. The way I see it, this move was about the roster spots and the international bonus pool money.