Yankees trading Luis Cessa proves front office doesn’t value team chemistry
You might have been upset and frustrated with Luis Cessa at times during his tenure with the New York Yankees, but there’s no doubt that he has gradually improved since his debut in 2016.
And his struggles weren’t entirely his fault. In classic Yankees fashion, the team rocked him between rotation and the bullpen before he became a full-time reliever. From 2016 to 2018, out of his 43 games in total, Cessa made 19 starts and finished 13 games. What kind of formula for developing a pitcher is this?
Then, when he finally looked like he was carving out a meaningful role in the reliever box, the Yankees traded him in a “pay gap” trade with the Cincinnati Reds. “Dump Salary” is in quotes because the Yankees never ended up spending the money they saved… which was less than $ 5 million in total between 2021 and 2022 when they unloaded Justin Wilson.
Yes… a $ 5 billion franchise that separates itself from a potential asset to save the equivalent value of a Nintendo Switch to us ordinary people. Still wondering why fans keep getting angry?
If you’ve felt the desire to be even more frustrated about a transaction that took place five months ago, you better believe we’ve got you covered.
Along with this trade giving fans more ammunition to cry out that the Yankees are “cheap,” this once again indicated that the front office did not value team chemistry. Cessa is notoriously good friends with a number of Yankees players. And you mean it didn’t affect team morale on the home stretch?
Yankees-Reds exchange Luis Cessa proves New York doesn’t value team chemistry.
This offseason, a number of Yankees, including Nestor Cortes Jr., were at Cessa’s wedding. Most recently, he was on vacation in Hawaii with Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres. We have seen it several times with Gio Urshela and Aroldis Chapman in the past.
The Yankees never needed to trade Cessa, and could have avoided playing another role altogether by reducing the importance of chemistry in the clubhouse. We don’t know if they did for sure, but it’s not out of the question to emotionally speculate. When one of your good friends leaves a job you both work for, you’re not happy, are you?
We can go back to suppressing our emotions and look at the statistics now. Sorry about that. Prior to the trade, Cessa had a 2.82 ERA and 3.56 PIM, a career record in 29 games with the Yankees. He is a real productive succession launcher.
When did he arrive in Cincinnati? Those numbers have grown to 2.05 and 3.13 in 24 games with the Reds. He finished the year with an ERA of 2.51, 180 ERA +, 1.14 WHIP and 0.7 HR / 9, all of which were career best. He struck out 54 batters in 64.2 innings (53 games total).
The team decided to trade such a capable player just to erase a mistake they were responsible for a few months earlier. For every good Yankees move, it feels like three bad ones are quick to call.