The Yankees have acquired veteran journeyman Cody Asche from the Royals for cash or a player to be named later, the team announced. He will join Triple-A Scranton and is not on the 40-man roster.
Asche, 27, spent last season with the White Sox, hitting .292/.392/.495 (148 wRC+) with 14 homers in 87 Triple-A games. He went 6-for-57 (.105) at the big league level. Asche broke in with the Phillies a few years ago but never could seize a full-time job, and has bounced around a bit since.
Injuries and call-ups have left the Yankees short on upper level outfielders, so Asche is a warm body for the RailRiders. He’s played a bunch of outfield and third base for his career. This is a “we need someone for Triple-A” move more than a “we’re looking at him as an MLB option” move, I reckon.