Yankees trade Nestor Cortes Jr. to Mariners for cash

Although there’s no disputing that pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr., helped the Yankees at times this past season, the young left-hander always was viewed as a fill-in piece due to the club’s season-long injury woes.

This was proven on Nov. 20 when the Yankees designated Cortes for assignment on the day that they needed to clear 40-man roster spots for prospects who had to be protected to avoid being lost in the December Rule 5 Draft.

Nestor Cortes Jr.

Five days later, the Yankees found a taker for Cortes, who was traded to the Seattle Mariners on Monday for international signing bonus money.