The New York Yankees are acquiring left-hander Caleb Ferguson from the Los Angeles Dodgers, as reported by Jon Heyman of The New York Post. The Dodgers will be receiving two prospects in exchange, per Joel Sherman of The New York Post. Matt Gage and Christian Zazueta are reported to be included in the package that the Dodgers will be receiving before Spring Training.
Ferguson is entering his sixth year in the majors and coming off of a 3.43 ERA, 127 ERA+, 1.442 WHIP season with the Dodgers in 2023. The lefty reliever also posted a career-high in strikeouts with 70 over 60.1 innings pitched. He also secured three saves in 2023, a career-high.
This move comes in response to Wandy Peralta signing a four-year, $16.5M deal with the San Diego Padres at the end of January. This move reunited Wandy Peralta and Michael King as former Yankee premier arms. Peralta had spent the last three years with the New York Yankees after spending time with the Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants. Peralta finished his career as a Yankee posting a 2.82 ERA and 149 ERA+. Peralta is fondly remembered for pitching in all five divisional-round games during the 2022 post-season against the Cleveland Guardians; the last playoff series that the Yankees won.
The Yankees also passed on Kenyan Middleton who recently went to the St. Louis Cardinals for a one-year contract totaling $6M. Middleton struck out 17 batters in 14.3 innings and compiled a 1.88 ERA with the Yankees late last season. New York acquired the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder from the Chicago White Sox last July before the Trade Deadline.