Yajure was the Yankees no.15 prospect while Contreras and Smith ranked 19th and 21st respectively.
Ultimately, Taillon will be the Yankees’ third starting pitcher until Luis Severino returns.
Jameson Taillon, 29, missed all of 2020 after undergoing surgery to repair a flexor tendon the year before.
In 2019, Taillon went 2-3 while recording an earned run average of 4.10. In seven games, Taillon struck out 30 batters in 37.1 innings.
The 2018 season for Jameson Taillon was a career year. Taillon pitched to a 14-10 record and a solid ERA of 3.20. He struck out 179 batters in 191 innings and pitched to a K/9 ratio of 8.4.
This pickup might seem risky for the Yankees as Taillon is coming off of his second Tommy John surgery.
Now, Taillon gets to reunite with Gerrit Cole as they once had a close relationship. Both continued to communicate regularly after Cole was traded away from Pittsburgh. Now, Cole can show his reunited teammate around New York City.
Keep in mind, this is the third rebuilding move the Pittsburgh Pirates have made this offseason.
For the Yankees, Jameson Taillon is not forced into a much bigger role. Taillon is a third to fourth start in a solid rotation.