Harrison Bader is headed to Cincinnati, the Yankees announced Thursday.
The Reds claimed the speedy middle fielder off waivers, ending the New York native’s tenure with the Yankees after solely 98 common season video games.
Bader, 29, batted .237 with seven residence runs, 46 RBI and 19 stolen bases over the previous two seasons with the Yankees, who had acquired the 2021 Gold Glove Award winner forward of final 12 months’s commerce deadline.
“It just means so much to me to be a New York City kid playing in the Bronx for the Yankees,” an emotional Bader, who’s from Bronxville, mentioned Thursday. “It’s just really special for a lot of reasons. There’s a lot of good moments. … Regardless of the situation, no one can ever take the fact that I put that uniform on.”
Bader supplies a lift to a Cincinnati workforce that entered Thursday at 69-66, six video games out of the National League Central and a sport out of the third and last NL Wild Card spot. The Reds pays Bader lower than $1 million for the rest of the season.
Any workforce that claimed Bader wanted so as to add him to its roster earlier than 11:59 p.m. EDT Thursday for him to be eligible for the postseason.
The Yankees traded beginning pitcher Jordan Montgomery to the St. Louis Cardinals in August 2022 to amass Bader. Plantar fasciitis delayed his Yankees debut by greater than a month, however he shortly ingratiated himself to the workforce throughout a torrid 2022 postseason by which he hit 5 residence runs in 9 video games.
Bader is batting .240 this season, throughout which he missed video games with indirect and hamstring accidents.
“He plays hard every day,” Yankees ace Gerrit Cole mentioned Wednesday night time.
“One of the best center fielders, if not the best defensive center fielder, I’ve ever played with,” Cole added, itemizing Aaron Judge, George Springer and Andrew McCutchen among the many others.
Bader was rumored as a candidate to be moved earlier than the 2023 commerce deadline, however the Yankees opted to largely stand pat moderately than purchase or promote. A depressing August that included a nine-game dropping streak compelled the Yankees to look towards the long run.
The Yankees, who’re in final place within the AL East, have been clearing spots on their energetic and 40-man rosters to facilitate the call-ups of younger gamers. This week, they launched third baseman Josh Donaldson, whom that they had positioned on the 60-day injured listing after a July calf pressure, and minor-league pitcher Spencer Howard, whom they acquired from the Rangers earlier than the Aug. 1 commerce deadline.
The workforce not too long ago introduced up 22-year-old Everson Pereira and 23-year-old Oswald Peraza and is predicted so as to add high prospects Jasson Dominguez, 20, and Austin Wells, 24, to the big-league membership Friday. Dominguez and Wells’ promotions from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre are set to coincide with MLB rosters increasing from 26 to twenty-eight gamers.
Bader mentioned he came upon Tuesday he was positioned on waivers after seeing a headline on ESPN. His last sport with the Yankees befell Wednesday night time in Detroit.
“I never, in a million years, thought I’d play in the big leagues, let alone for the New York Yankees,” Bader said Tuesday after studying he was positioned on waivers. “Just the opportunity has been incredible and I’ve loved every second of it. Whatever happens, happens. I understand it’s a business.”