Yankees trade Mike Ford to rival Rays after dreadful stretch

BUFFALO — Mike Ford is no for a longer time a Yankee.

The initial baseman was traded to the Rays on Thursday for money factors and a participant to be named later. He will report to Triple-A Durham.

Ford, who will flip 29 upcoming month, was selected for assignment past week and struggled in both The Bronx and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Yankees traded Mike Ford to the Rays.
The Yankees traded Mike Ford to the Rays.
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The Yankees signed Ford out of Princeton and he exhibited lefty ability and plate willpower when he was called up in 2019. He experienced 12 homers and an OPS of .909 that season.

But the good results was small-lived, as Ford was dreadful past season and not considerably much better this yr, heading just eight-for-60 with 23 strikeouts in 72 plate appearances.

Despite injuries to Luke Voit and the retirement of Jay Bruce, Ford was unable to make reliable enjoying time. The Yankees promoted Chris Gittens from SWB past week and he’s been the most important initial baseman of late.

Voit is on a rehab assignment and is expected to be again from a strained oblique by early upcoming week.