Just In: Yankees land intriguing international catcher via trade with Pirates…

While the baseball world awaits Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s decision between the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and possibly the New York Mets, general manager Brian Cashman continues to make small moves.

On Thursday, the Yankees traded outfielder Billy McKinney to the Pittsburgh Pirates for international pool money. Luckily, the Yankees had an interesting catcher in mind and used their newfound cash considerations to acquire him from the Dominican Republic. For $450,000, Capellan joins the Yankees farm system, another catcher with upside. There isn’t much out there about Capellan other than some older workout videos. Capellan is 17 years old and stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 160 pounds. With a little bigger size, he could be a great physical specimen to develop in the Yankees farm system. He is expected to start in the Florida Complex League along with several other international players, including Roderick Arias.Arias is an exciting young player who underwent season-ending hand surgery last year. But at age 19, he was hitting .267/.423/.505 in 27 games, including six home runs and 26 RBIs overall.

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