New York Yankees And Philadelphia Phillies Make Trade

The New York Yankees have traded Nick Nelson and Donny Sands to the Philadelphia Phillies for prospects T.J. Rumfield and Joel Valdez.

Nelson is a relief pitcher who appeared in 22 games with the Yankees over two seasons. With them, he had a 1-2 record, 6.43 ERA and 40 total strikeouts. He struggled more during the 2021 campaign, though, as he had an 8.79 ERA to go along with a 0-2 record. 

Sands is the second catcher the Phillies have added this offseason, as they also just acquired Garrett Stubbs from the Houston Astros, too. Sands played in 42 games with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders this season, where he had eight home runs, 29 RBIs and a .272 batting average. If he can continue to hit like that, perhaps Philadelphia could call him up. 

Rumfield is a first baseman who started this season with Virginia Tech. In 52 games with the school, he had seven home runs, 37 RBIs and a .315 batting average. He also played for Single-A Clearwater. In 27 games there, he had zero home runs, seven RBIs and a .250 batting average.

Ending with Valdez, he's another project who needs more time to develop. In 15 games in the Dominican Summer League with the Phillies Red, he had a 1-1 record, 1.63 ERA and 54 strikeouts. 

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