Yankees Trade for Tim Locastro; Diamondbacks Get Keegan Curtis in Deal

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 1, 2021

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JUNE 20: Tim Locastro #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks gets ready in the batters box against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on June 20, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Diamondbacks traded outfielder Tim Locastro to the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league pitcher Keegan Curtis.

Lindsey Adler of The Athletic first reported the news, noting Locastro's speed and defensive presence.

Locastro, 28, has been in the midst of a season-long slump for a flailing Diamondbacks team. He's hitting .178/.271/.220 with one home run and five runs batted in through 55 games. Five steals and solid defense have been Locastro's only real saving grace in Arizona this season, and it's likely the Yankees will use him as a pinch runner and defensive replacement.

Adding Locastro will do little to help the Yankees' main issue: their offensive woes. New York's American League representative has scored only 329 runs this season, the worst total in the AL East and ninth-worst in the majors.

The Yankees are expected to explore several major acquisitions ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, so this may simply be a precursor to the team adding a slugger who could be replaced by Locastro in later innings.

Curtis, 25, is a career minor leaguer who was playing for the Yankees' Double-A affliate. He is not considered among their top prospects and has a 1-1 record with a 3.94 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 2021.