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Yankees trade Rumbelow to Mariners for two minor leaguers

Yankees trade Rumbelow to Mariners for two minor leaguers

The 40-man roster cleanse has begun. This afternoon the Yankees announced they have traded Nick Rumbelow to the Mariners for minor league pitching prospects J.P. Sears and Juan Then. Sears is a lefty. Then is a righty. The trade opens up a 40-man roster spot. Rumbelow, 26, returned from Tommy John surgery earlier this year […] The post Yankees trade Rumbelow to Mariners for two minor leaguers appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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