Yanks add Brubaker in deal with Pirates

March 29th, 2024

HOUSTON -- The Yankees acquired right-handed pitcher and international signing bonus money from the Pirates on Friday in exchange for a player to be named later.

Brubaker, 30, is on the 60-day injured list while recovering from Tommy John surgery performed on April 12, 2023. Brubaker resumed throwing from a sloped mound earlier this month and is targeting the All-Star break for a return to the Majors.

“I know he did some decent things as a starter in '21 and '22 with the Pirates,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I know we like his arm.”

Brubaker, who was drafted by the Pirates in the sixth round of the 2015 MLB Draft from the University of Akron, has pitched in 63 Major League games (61 starts) from 2020-22, compiling a career record of 9-28 with a 4.99 ERA.

In 2022, Brubaker was 3-12 with a 4.69 ERA in 28 starts for Pittsburgh, a season in which he posted career highs in starts, innings pitched (144) and strikeouts (147).

This marks the fourth time in the past three years that the Yankees and Pirates have connected on a trade. New York acquired closer Clay Holmes from Pittsburgh in July 2021 for infielder/outfielders Diego Castillo and Hoy Park.

The Pirates also purchased left-hander Manny Bañuelos from the Yankees in July 2022 and outfielder Billy McKinney in December '23.