Taillon, 29, is a righthanded starting pitcher who was the #2 overall pick in the 2010 draft out of the Woodlands. Taillon struggled to stay healthy, including needing Tommy John surgery in 2014, and didn’t make his major league debut until the 2016 season. A terrific 2018 campaign seemed to indicate he had taken the leap and established himself as a quality top of the rotation pitcher, but he missed much of 2019 and all of 2020 due to surgery to repair his flexor tendon and get a UCL revision.
Taillon has two years of team control remaining, and as they did a couple of offseasons ago with James Paxton, the Yankees are rolling the dice on the final couple of arbitration years of a pitcher who has been really good but who has been plagued with injuries.
Going to the Pirates in the deal are Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras, Maikel Escotto and Canaan Smith.