6:46 PM ET
TAMPA, Fla. — At first, Phillip Diehl was in disbelief.
When New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone called the slim 24-year-old lefty into his office Saturday afternoon and said the words, “We’re trading you,” Diehl thought his second-year skipper was playing some kind of sick prank on him.
After all, Diehl sort of felt like he deserved it. Earlier in the day, when the team barber had set up shop for pregame haircuts, the young relief pitcher had taken the spot of a more accomplished southpaw: 18-year veteran CC Sabathia.
“I had taken CC’s spot in the barber’s chair,” Diehl said, grinning.
Now, the spot Diehl had hoped to earn in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse this season will be taken by another player who’s coming from another organization.
Just after the Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 in their spring training home finale, Diehl was dealt to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for outfielder Mike Tauchman, a third-year major leaguer who hit 30 home runs at Triple-A in 2017 while splitting time on the farm.
Tauchman’s addition will help the Yankees address their primary area of need at this stage of spring training: their