The New York Yankees are reshaping their bullpen in the days leading up the trade deadline. One day after acquiring ground ball specialist Clay Holmes from the Pirates, New York sent righty Luis Cessa and lefty Justin Wilson to the Cincinnati Reds for a player to be named later, the team announced.
For the Yankees, the trade is financially motivated more than anything. Trading Cessa and Wilson clears approximately $1.3 million off the club's luxury-tax payroll, and staying under the $210 million threshold this season is a stated goal. Following the trade, the Yankees have about $5 million in wiggle room under the threshold, which can be spent on other players.