Adam Warren: “It’s like I’ve only been gone a week”

Adam Warren

Here’s a thought as we prepare for baseball tonight here under the roof of Minute Maid Park in Houston: now that the Yankees have re-acquired Adam Warren from the Cubs, let’s roll the clock back to Dec. 8, 2015 and pretend this was the transaction:

YANKEES ACQUIRE: 2B Starlin Castro
CUBS ACQUIRE: SS Brendan Ryan

Sorry, Brendan, but you’d make that trade 100 times out of 100. Time will tell who comes out on top of the blockbuster swap we saw yesterday afternoon, which installed Aroldis Chapman and his triple-digit heat in the Cubs bullpen as they aim for their first World Series title since 1908. Part of the four-player return was Warren, who seemed pleased to be back in a place that felt like home.

“It’s been great. It’s kind of like I’ve only been gone a week,” Warren said. “I got a lot of texts yesterday and seeing some guys today, it’s been pretty neat.”

Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner insisted on getting Warren back as part of the Chapman trade, but even Warren acknowledged that he wasn’t really the big name changing sides yesterday. The prize in the Yankees’ eyes is 19-year-old shortstop Gleyber Torres, who makes his debut tonight for Class-A Tampa.

Joe Girardi plans to use Warren out of the bullpen, going back to the swingman role in which he was 7-7 with one save and a 3.29 ERA in 43 games (17 starts) last year, setting career highs in wins, games started, innings pitched (131 1/3) and strikeouts (104).

“For them to have confidence in me and know what I can do, I think that helps me,” Warren said. “They’ve seen what I can do. I feel like I don’t have to go out there and try to prove myself like maybe I did in Chicago. That does take a little of the pressure off.”

YESTERDAY’S NEWS

‘Extremely valuable’ Torres highlights trade haul
Pineda outduels Keuchel as Yanks nip Astros
Chapman goes to Cubs for Warren, 3 prospects
A-Rod optimistic after digging into analytics
Cashman: Chapman trade ‘isn’t a white flag’
CC looks to snap slump, win series in Houston

“NOW BATTING FOR THE YANKEES”

CLUBHOUSE REPORT

Chasen Shreve

In order to create room for Warren on the 25-man roster, left-hander Chasen Shreve was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Luis Severino will stay for now, as the Yankees want him to provide distance. Shreve is being asked to work on getting left-handers out more consistently.

“His forkball is extremely effective against right-handers,” Girardi said. “It’s the continued improvement with his slider. We’ll try to get him in situations where he can really work on it down there.”

Alex Rodriguez was benched for the fourth straight game. With Girardi trying to keep Carlos Beltran’s bat in the lineup as the DH, A-Rod may also sit tomorrow (not the best 41st birthday present we could think of).

The A-Rod experiment at first base seems to have cooled; Girardi said that they haven’t asked him to take grounders recently, though they might have him do so in preparation for the upcoming Subway Series games at Citi Field on Monday and Tuesday.

Girardi said that Bryan Mitchell’s rehab has gone well, and that he is throwing bullpens at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, Fla.

THEY SAID IT

“Take the biggest bat out of any lineup, how well are you going to survive? It’s not easy. With some of the other struggles we’ve had, it would become really difficult. Part of the reason I’m DHing him is to try to keep him in the lineup as much as I can.” Girardi, on Beltran.

STAT SO?

The Yankees have won seven of their last nine games, with their starters going 6-1, 1.75 ERA (11 ER/56.2 IP) over that span.

ON THIS DATE

July 26, 1939: The Yankees score in every inning for the first time in franchise history, defeating the Browns by a score of 14-1. And check out this box score!

1 Comment

In my view Warren is the star of the trade for now. Torres may eventually be the second coming of Jeter but right now the Yankees need the stability in the middle innings that Warren gave them last year. Acquiring Terres should also send a message to (former) No. 1 prospect that he is not irreplaceable.

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