NEW YORK – The New York Yankees traded relievers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to the Cincinnati Reds late Tuesday night for a player to be named.
The move could signal that the Yankees are pursuing a major addition to their bullpen and sought to create space.
The deal was announced hours after New York won 4-3 in Tampa Bay, and Cincinnati completed a 7-4 road victory over the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night.
The Yankees also made a sharp move on Monday, acquiring reliever Clay Holmes of the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league infielders Hoy Park and Diego Castillo.
The 29-year-old Cessa went 3-1 with a 2.82 ERA in 29 first aid appearances for the Yankees this season.
Wilson, 33, was 1-1 with an ERA of 7.50 in 21 outings. The left hand missed a total of 34 games during two stints on the injured list with inflammation in the left shoulder (March 29 to April 9) and a strained right hamstring (May 29 to June 30). He signed a one-year contract in February with a player option until 2022.
New York is nine games behind AL East-leading Boston and seven left of second-place Rays, but much closer to the hunt for the second AL wild card.
Cincinnati is in second place in NL Central, seven games behind Milwaukee, and is also chasing San Diego for the second NL wild card.