The Detroit Tigers Monday traded catcher Mat Nokes to the New York Yankees in exchange for right-handed pitchers Lance McCullers and Clay Parker.
Nokes, 26, has three home runs and eight RBI for Detroit but a .270 batting average in 44 games this season. His defensive role had been taken by Mike Heath, and Detroit has another batter who hits left-handed like Nokes in Mark Salas.McCullers, also 26, is 1-0 with a 3.60 earned run average for New York in 11 appearances this season, all in relief. He is a hard thrower, but has a history of wildness. He was 4-3 with a 4.57 ERA and three saves in 52 games last year.
Parker, 27, was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five games for New York before being assigned to the minors. He had a 4-5 record and 3.68 ERA for New York last year, appearing as a starter in 17 of his 22 games.
Both pitchers will report to Detroit in time for Tuesday night's game at Cleveland. The Tigers will have to make a roster move before then, however.