NY Yankees Acquire Reliever Jake Cousins From White Sox

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The New York Yankees announced on Sunday that they had acquired reliever Jake Cousins from the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox will receive cash consideration in return.

Cousins is expected to be on the Yankees’ active roster for the upcoming series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Cousins spent the 2023 season with the Milwaukee Brewers, appearing in nine games and finishing the campaign with a 4.82 ERA, seven strikeouts and 10 hits allowed. He signed a minor league contract with the White Sox in December.

Since making his MLB debut with the Brewers in 2021, Cousins played in 51 games and has a 3-1 record with a 3.08 ERA and 72 strikeouts. He also has six seasons of experience in the minors. 

Acquiring Cousins gives the Yankees another arm that they can rely on in case of emergency. The team has a number of relievers dealing with injuries, including McKinley Moore and Tommy Kahnle, who are on a 15-day injured list, and Scott Effross and Lou Trivino, who are on a 60-day injured list.

The New York Yankees have had a promising start to the season, winning all of their first four games of the 2024 MLB season. However, their true test will be a series with Diamondbacks, who are 3-1 to start the campaign.

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