Locastro, 28, is one of the Majors’ fastest players and gives the Yankees a potential outfield option, despite being in the midst of a tough year at the plate. After slashing .290 / .395 / .464 in 82 plate appearances with the D-backs in 2020, Locastro only hits 0.178 / .271 / .220 in 133 moves to plate so far in 2021.
Overall, the Fleet-footed Locastro, a career .234 / .339 / .324 hitter who went 31 for 34 in stolen base attempts. Locastro hits at a below average clip but doesn’t perform as much as you might expect; on the contrary, the source of his OBP is a penchant for blowing himself up and then sliding off second base (as explored at length and entertainingly in one of Foolish Baseball’s many must-see videos).
It’s not the impact move most Yankees fans hope to see with their first move of the borderline season, but Locastro gives the club a solid glove and some needed depth. Aaron Hicks has already been lost for the season, and his colleague outfielder Clint Frazier is now undergoing testing after leaving last night’s game due to dizziness. Locastro can still be an option for the remainder of the 2021 season and is controllable throughout the 2024 campaign by arbitration.
For the D-backs, Locastro is expected to be the first of several players traded between now and July 30. They have been the worst club in MLB by far and should generally be prepared to listen to veteran players as they look to resupply. the agricultural system.
Curtis, 25, while not considered one of the Yankees’ best prospects, gives the Snakes an interesting arm to add to the upper levels of their system. Since being selected in the 22nd round of the 2018 Draft, Curtis has totaled 65 2/3 innings out of the reliever box and pitched to a 3.29 ERA over three levels in the Yankees minor league ranks. . He is currently at the Double-A level, where he posted a 3.94 ERA while hitting 27 of the 69 batters he faced (39.1%) against seven walks (10.1%).