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Rockies acquire lefty reliever Yoan Aybar from Red Sox

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Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Wednesday that a left-handed reliever was “certainly something that was missing from the team last year.”

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This is a 2020 photo of Yoan Aybar of the Red Sox baseball team.

Thursday, the Rockies made a minor move to try and rectify the problem by trading for Boston Red Sox minor league lefty Yoan Aybar. He has been added to Colorado’s 40-man roster, which now stands at 38 players.

In exchange for Aybar, the Rockies traded minor league infielder Christian Koss, who was ranked as the club’s 29th prospect by Baseball America.

Aybar, 23, was signed by the Red Sox in July 2013 out of the Dominican Republic and began his professional career as an outfielder. Since he was converted to a pitcher in 2018, he’s gone 3-4 with a 4.45 ERA in 61 relief appearances. He finished the 2019 season with high-A Salem, posting a 1.80 ERA in four games. His fastball has reached 100 mph and he struck out 11.1 batters per nine innings in 2019, though he also walked 6.5 batters per nine. He did not pitch in 2020 because of the pandemic.

Koss, 22, was selected by the Rockies in the 12th round of the 2019 draft out of the University of California-Irvine. He made a strong first impression with Grand Junction in the rookie-level Pioneer League in 2019. He was named MiLB.com’s Pioneer League player of the month for July and twice earned the league’s player-of-the-week honors. In 53 games for Grand Junction, Koss hit .332, with 11 home runs, 51 RBIs, 10 stolen bases and a 1.050 OPS.

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