Via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Yanks have acquired righty reliever Romulo Sanchez from the Pirates in exchange for righty starter Eric Hacker. The Yankees had ten days to trade Hacker after designating him for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for Angel Berroa. Sanchez, 25, had a 4.60 ERA in 12 appearances for the Bucs over the last two years, but he was outrighted off the 40-man roster in early April. He had a 4.50 ERA in 10 relief appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis this season.
Baseball America rated Sanchez the Pirates’ 25th best prospect coming into the year, noting that he sits 92-94 with his fastball and has a very good curveball. He’s a big boy, standing 6′-5″, 260 lbs. I’m assuming he’ll head to Triple-A Scranton’s bullpen.