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Saturday, July 31, 2021

New York Yankees acquire LHP Andrew Heaney from Los Angeles Angels for minor leaguers

he New York Yankees acquired Los Angeles Angels starter Andrew Heaney on Friday, adding a pitcher after making two big trades for sluggers.

The Yankees got the 30-year-old lefty and cash for minor league right-handers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero.

New York began the day at 53-48, fourth in the AL wild-card race for two spots. As Friday’s trade deadline approached, the Yankees got All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo from Texas and star first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs.

Heaney was 6-7 with a 5.27 ERA in 18 starts for the Angels this year. He is 30-36 with a 4.57 ERA in eight seasons with Miami and Los Angeles. He posted his first big league win against the Yankees in 2015.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:56 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Posada Posse Posted: July 31, 2021 at 09:38 AM (#6031892)
NY Daily News headline for this story: “Yankees get Angels starter Andrew Heaney for Junk in trade”.
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 11:06 AM (#6031907)
This is a good get for the Yankees. Heaney's peripherals are quite a bit better than his ERA.
   3. Hombre Brotani Posted: July 31, 2021 at 03:32 PM (#6031926)
Yeah, I've been saying that for years, but it just hasn't worked out. Heaney with men on base yields a .799 OPS for his career, and an .850 OPS with two outs and men on. Maybe they can fix him from the stretch, or maybe they can find him a sports psychologist, but Heaney's stuff has always been better than his performance. He seems like a great guy and I wish him well, but the Angels were going nowhere counting on him at the top of the rotation.
   4. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 31, 2021 at 09:21 PM (#6031963)
Incredibly, Elvis Peguero has only the second-funniest name in this trade!
   5. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: July 31, 2021 at 11:22 PM (#6031985)
Heaney has good stuff, but seems to be victimized by big innings. I am kind of surprised he hasn't been tried in the bullpen at this point.
   6. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: August 01, 2021 at 01:58 AM (#6031989)
I am kind of surprised he hasn't been tried in the bullpen at this point.


Have you seen the Angels starting rotation the last five years? Anyone who can go more than fiving innings and keep an ERA under 5.50 was going to be one of their best five starting pitchers. Sure, he might have been better in the bullpen, but that would have been counterproductive for the Angels.

Heaney will have a start where he'll locate his pitches exactly where he wants and give up one run over six or seven innings looking like an ace or a good number two. Then he'll have a start where he'll walk three and hit a batter over the first three innings but somehow give up zero runs, and then maybe he looks better in the fourth and you think he's settling in, and all of a sudden he's being pulled with one out in the fifth, having given up four runs and leaving two guys on base. He's maddeningly inconsistent. My son and I would always take a guess as to whether we were getting Good Heaney or Bad Heaney on any given start.

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