Yankees’ key reliever is lost for the season and will undergo surgery

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The New York Yankees have been absorbing blow after blow on the injury front recently, and the latest news coming about Darren O’Day is not good at all. The right-handed submariner, signed by the Bombers this year, will be out for the remainder of the season, the team announced on Tuesday.

The Yankees reliever was doing some pregame sprints in the outfield in Seattle back on July 6. As Betelhem Ashame of MLB.com explains it, the pitcher thought one of his teammates had run into him. Next thing he knows, he fell to the ground and was rolling around in pain.

He heard a pop, so he knew something was not right and he wouldn’t be pitching in a while.

His left hamstring was strained. He has already had surgery in that same hamstring in the past, in June 2018, which ended his season back when he was with the Orioles. This time, he is suffering the same fate: the Yankees announced his season is over.

The surgery will be performed on Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery, by Dr. Brian Kelly.

“[It’s] extremely disappointing,” said O’Day. “I was just coming back from a shoulder injury, starting to feel better and excited to be back with the team contributing again. And to have all that wiped out in one moment is really tough.”

The doctors told O’Day that his hamstring wasn’t the same since that 2018 surgery, even admitting “this was bound to happen at some point.”

“If I ever want to play baseball again or if I want to live the life I want to live post-baseball, then I have to get it fixed,” O’Day said. “And unfortunately, the timeframe puts me out of this season.”

Will he be back with the Yankees?

It’s a legitimate question, then: is this a career-ending injury for O’Day?

“I really came here to New York for two reasons,” O’Day said. “I just wanted to see what it was like to play here — legendary organization. As I said in my first press conference, it’s every little boy’s dream to play for the Yankees. There’s just so much history as I sit here and look around at these posters on the wall.

“And the main goal was to win a World Series. … I’ve gotten really close a couple of times but never been able to quite get there. So that’s what I came here for, and those are the things that flashed in my mind with all that time and effort, sacrifice [it takes] to be here and still keep that dream alive. So for the rest of this season, I’ll have to be dreaming vicariously through my teammates and watching them and helping them in any way I can.”

Yankees lose key reliever with another injury

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The New York Yankees signed Darren O’Day late in the offseason with the hope of covering some important, high-leverage innings. They hoped his recent success outweighed his advanced age (38), allowing him to stay healthy and effective.

So far, that hasn’t been the case. When he has been on the mound, he has been good, with a 3.38 ERA in 12 games, and a 1.22 WHIP. The problem is that he has hardly pitched because of injuries.

This week, the Yankees placed O’Day on 10-day injured list with left hamstring strain. It’s still not clear when he suffered the injury, but all signs point at the moment being on the weekend, in the series against the Mets.

“I think (it cramped up) a little bit when he was getting ready to potentially come into the game late in Game 2,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, per NJ Advance Media. “I had him in there originally (Tuesday), but he’s still feeling it a little bit, and so just decided to hold him out.”

The Yankees could use O’Day’s reliability

On Sunday, he pitched 0.2 innings, allowed a home run and two walks while striking out just one. It was clear something was not right with the submariner.

Sunday marked his second appearance since returning from a right rotator cuff strain on June 29. That injury ended up taking significantly more than the minimum 10 days to heal.

Judging by Boone’s words, it doesn’t sound like this injury will take more than a couple of weeks to heal, but hamstrings are extremely tricky, so the team will likely give him all the time he needs.

Fellow reliever Zack Britton also injured his hamstring recently and is currently out, so the Yankees’ bullpen is a bit shorthanded right now.

As far as other injuries, the team didn’t have shortstop Gleyber Torres yesterday, also with left hamstring cramping. He is not expected to hit the injured list at the time but it will all depend on his evolution in Wednesday afternoon.

 

Yankees: Injury updates on three crucial contributors

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There has been an unprecedented flurry of injuries in the 2021 MLB season, and the New York Yankees have been no exception to the rule. They already lost center fielder Aaron Hicks for the season with a wrist injury, while starters Corey Kluber and Luis Severino won’t be back at least for several weeks.

Three players should be back soon, though:

Gleyber Torres: The Yankees’ shortstop had to leave Thursday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays with what was deemed as left lower back stiffness. The team will evaluate him on Friday, per MLB.com, as the team returns home to face the Oakland Athletics.

Torres suffered the injury in the third inning as he threw a ball in the infield and fell awkwardly on his back. It doesn’t have the look of something that will need a stint on the 10-day IL, but we will know more after he is evaluated.

Two Yankees’ relievers are inching closer to a return

Darren O’Day: A low-key crucial signing during the offseason, O’Day has been nursing a right rotator cuff strain for a few weeks now. He is expected to return in a couple of weeks, since he threw a bullpen session on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium that went according to the plan.

He is slated to throw another one today or tomorrow, per manager Aaron Boone. If he clears that hurdle, the next step would be pitching in a live batting practice setting.

Justin Wilson: The left-hander strained his right hamstring recently, but threw a successful bullpen on Tuesday and will throw again today. Just like O’Day, if he has no issues, he will pitch live batting practice or begin a rehab assignment in the minors.

Wilson, dealing with a less serious ailment than O’Day (at least in theory) could beat him back to the Bronx and may skip the live batting practice step.

New York Yankees: latest injury updates on 8 Yankee players

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Compared to the last two seasons, the New York Yankees have been blessed with far fewer significant injuries. One of the injuries is a carryover from last year. Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery, not allowing him to pitch at all last season. Now Severino is just two months away from his expected return. He is a list of the Yankees’ present injuries and the players’ progress.

Darren O’Day, rotator cuff:

Before today’s game, the Yankees announced they had put right-hand reliever Darren O’Day on the 10 injured lists retroactive to Friday. They reported that he had a right rotator cuff strain. Because this information is just in few details are available. The Yankees recalled Michael King to replace him. Stay tuned; more information should be forthcoming.

Luke Voit, knee surgery:

The injury news on Luke Voit is very encouraging. According to the Athletic’s Lindsay Adler, Voit has been removed from the 60 IL and put on the 10 day. He is scheduled to play a rehab game with the double-A Somerset Patriots this coming Tuesday. Voit could be back with the Yankees by mid-May. The most recent report has him back with the team on May 11th when the New York Yankees return home to play the Tampa Bay Rays.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News got this quote from Voit:

“I’ve been chomping at the bit. Obviously watching every game at home and it’s frustrating,” Voit said on Friday. “You want to be there with the boys and I know some of them are pressing a little bit and try to do too much, but hey, these guys had a good road trip. Obviously didn’t come out like they wanted to yesterday, but I trust these boys are gonna get the job done.”

Asher Wojciechowski, lat injury:

Asher is now day to day and was sent to the minors last Wednesday. There is very little information on his rehab, and no expected return date has been announced.

Zack Britton, Bone chip:

Back in March, Zack Britton underwent surgery to have a bone chip removed from his pitching elbow. Earlier in April, Aaron Boone provided a positive update on Britton’s rehab.

“Zack’s doing really well. He’s got full range of motion. I think he is scheduled to start playing catch as early as this week. … The incision and the swelling and all that, which is the biggest hurdle to clear initially, is going really well for him.

Britton is not eligible to return until the end of this month, depending on his progress.  He will throw off a mound now that the New York Yankees have returned from their road trip, Max Goodman of Sports Illustrated reports.

Robinson Chirinos, wrist:

Robinson Chirinos is now at Triple-A Scranton rehabbing. He is doing well playing in exhibition games and could return to the Yankees in the next two weeks if he is needed.

Clarke Schmidt,

Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com reports that Schmidt has begun throwing again. Schmidt suffered a common flexor strain during spring training. He received a cortisone shot to relieve pain. If pitching off the flat is a success, he will move on to pitch from the mound. There is no timetable for his return. Boone said, “Obviously, it’s going to take a while because he’s starting from scratch essentially, but he’s doing well.”

Luis Severino, Tommy John:

Severino has been throwing off a mound since March 11 and is close to being cleared to face hitters. Manager Aaron Boone said:

“I don’t know his exact date of throwing to hitters. I know it’s mapped out and I’ll try to peek at the schedule here (Thursday or Friday). I know that he’s got a bullpen (Thursday) (April 29) of 35 pitches, so he is getting close.”

Severino was originally expected to return to the mound at Yankee Stadium late in the summer, but that has advanced to him returning very late in June of at least before the All-Star break.

Miguel Andujar, hand:

Miguel Andujar suffered a muscle strain in his right hand. He has recovered and has been activated from the injured list and optioned to Scranton Wilkes/Barre. He is playing exhibition games, including back-to-back starts. In his last game, he was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He has played two games at first base.

New York Yankees News roundup while Aaron Boone recovers

Some New York Yankee fans don’t pay attention to what goes on in spring training and don’t get engaged until the regular season games that count get started. But even those fans must have heard the shocking news the Yankees skipper Aaron Boone required surgery to have a pacemaker installed to keep his heart beating normally. Boone had the surgery late on Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Reports are that the surgery was completed as expected and without complications. Reports were that Boone was resting comfortably. It was said he even chatted with the team from his hospital bed via Zoom. Boone had open heart surgery back in 2009, and because of that, he has been proactive about his health. During the past week, he said he experienced bouts of lightheadedness and shortness of breath. Because of that, he consulted with doctors who determined Boone’s heart was beating too slowly and that a pacemaker would be necessary to correct that.

In most cases, the patient will go home after 24-48 hours of hospitalization. Depending on the type of Pacemaker installed, he could be back to work at the Yankee training complex over the weekend, but it will be more likely at some point next week. Because Boone’s job is not that strenuous, he should be able to resume normal activities as long as he avoids lifting, pushing, and pulling anything heavy. He should be able to resume his normal life totally in 4-6 weeks.

Mike Ford still confident

Mike Ford hit his first extra-base hit Tuesday afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles. He said it felt good, especially after performing poorly in the 2020 campaign. Ford knows he will have to compete for playing time this year as the New York Yankees have picked up two veteran lefties during the offseason. The Yankees acquired Jay Bruce and Derek Dietrich; the catch for Ford is that the two veterans also play at first base, as does Ford.

“I always try to perform, especially when I’ve got a little chip on my shoulder,’’ Ford said Wednesday. “There’s great competition here with a lot of experience. Who knows where the chips are gonna fall?”

Bruce, who had made a running catch in the left-field already this spring, looked sharp at first base in Wednesday’s 4-1, seven-inning win over the Blue Jays. He also added two hits, including a double. Dietrich, who played third base on Wednesday, also hit his first homer of the spring.

Brett Gardner returned to left field

Wednesday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the Yankee fans in attendance saw an old friend out in the left-field, Brett Gardner. Gardner, the last holdover from the 2009 World Series, languished most of the offseason as the Yankees handled more important re-signings and acquisitions. The Yankees at the end of the season bought out Gardner’s contract rather than take up his $10 million option.

Finally, just days before the start of spring training, the Yankees and Gardner came to an agreement allowing the fan-favorite to return for yet another year with an option for the 2022 season. Gardner has always said he wants to retire as a Yankee. But last season was an odd one with the coronavirus and no fans in the stands. Gardner said he wants to be able to have his family see him play again. On his first at-bat Wednesday, he walked.

Darren O’Day on Darren O’Day

Darren O’Day threw live batting practice on Tuesday at the Yankees minor league complex, immediately after batters had faced Aroldis Chapman. O’Day acquired during the offseason will give a different look to the bullpen with his side-arm delivery. Chapman throws at 100 mph, O’Day is just at 85 mph, but he counts on deception to get hitters out.

“You can’t really quantify deception, but it’s a valuable tool to have,’’ O’Day said. “To have different looks. Just messing with the hitters’ timing [is important],’’ O’Day said. “The more we can do to disrupt that timing, the more outs we’re going to get.”

The right-hander is ready to contribute in various roles; he said that manager Aaron Boone would use him at any point in the game, much like he said Buck Showalter used him in Baltimore. O’Day pointed to Showalter using his relievers to get “four, five six outs a night.”

“We had a great relationship,’’ O’Day said. “I really enjoyed playing for him, especially the early years in Baltimore when the team was pretty much the doormat of the league for a long time. We kind of brought the nice baseball tradition back there.”

New York Yankees overtake the Jays 4-1

The Yankees were back at Steinbrenner Field yesterday after their win over the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota. The game yesterday was an unusual spring training night game. The first time fans got a look at Corey Kluber in a Yankees uniform, and he didn’t disappoint.

Kluber started for the New York Yankees facing the Toronto Blue Jay’s Simeon Richardson. Corey Kluber was magnificent in his first inning in pinstripes. Kluber retired the first three hitters he faced in order, ending the frame with a pretty strikeout of Rowdy Tellez. In the second inning, Kluber looked really good, folks. He struck out two more Blue Jays to finish off two perfect frames.  This performance is wonderful news for the Yankees.

Also making their first appearance of spring training were Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton. After four innings, the game remained scoreless, with Luis Cessa on the mound for the fifth. Josh Palacios doubled off Cessa, but Warmoth struck out; Valero singled, scoring Palacios for the game’s first run. Blue Jays 1 Yankees 0.

At the bottom of the frame, Gary Sanchez again showed off his power, homering and tieing up the game at 1-1. That was followed by Derek Dietrich’s home run driving in two for the Yankees 3-1 lead. It looked as if it would be the first 9 inning game of spring training when the Yankees took the field in the bottom of the seventh, but as it turned out the Jays manager just wanted to get more work for his pitchers. It wasn’t a good decision. The game ended at the end of the seventh, but not before Robinson Chirinos homered to far left for the Yankee 4-1 lead.

 

New York Yankees: The Yankee bench will take on a more important role: Part 1

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We all know that the New York Yankees have gone through a couple of years of far too many injuries affecting regular players playing time. Although the health situation going into spring training, which starts in just a few days if much rosier than last year, it is not reasonable to assume it will remain that way. The simple fact is that injuries are a permanent part of the game that can’t be avoided team-wide.

These injuries lead to the use of backup pitchers and backup players that sit on the bench or have to be called up from the minor league to be used short term or even long term. We all know that, but this season even without any long-term injuries, the backup players will take on an even more important role that could be the difference in success or the season’s failure. The New York Yankees may be in a better place than some teams because of their depth in the pen and on the bench.

The big problem for manager Aaron Boone this season will be dealing with using players efficiently but at the same time saving them for a postseason run. That is something that is always dealt with, but this season is unique. Pitchers and the lineup will play 162 games after only playing 60 games last season. No matter how much a player works out in the offseason or pushes himself in spring training, moving to play nearly three times as many games this season will be a strain on all involved.

So today, we look at the Yankee depth. As it appears now, ace Gerrit Cole will lead off the rotation, followed by Corey Kluber, Jameson Taillon, Jordan Montgomery, and a fifth starter yet to be determined. The Yankees have several arms they could use, including Deivi Garcia, who made his Major League debut last season, Jonathan Loaisiga, Clarke Schmidt, Michael King, and of course Domingo German, who was 18-4 in a shortened 2019 season. So the backups are pretty good, but the same may not true of the bullpen.

The Yankees this year are minus Tommy Kahnle, Adam Ottavino, Jonathan Holder, and Ben Heller. They did make a smart move hiring Darren O’Day, one of the best relievers out there. He had a tiny ERA of just 1.10 last season. The Yankees have also brought back a few former Yankees to shore up the middle innings. Adam Warren and Nestor Cortes Jr. are back with the team, but the Yankees still need at least another quality arm out of the pen.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Nathan Solomon reports, the New York Yankees are in “serious talks” with LHP Justin Wilson. The 33-year-old is one of the few relief arms still available on the market and one of the most desired ones. Wilson spent the past two seasons with the New York Mets and had a one-year stint with the Yankees in 2015. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th round of the 2008 MLB draft and debuted with the team in 2012.

Part 2 of this article will speak to the bench players and minor leaguers that will back up the regular lineup.

Yankees News: Relief pitcher signing, another designated for assignment

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The New York Yankees are preparing for spring training to start in less than seven days, and with the expectation that GM Brian Cashman will make a few additional moves before the start, several moves have been made official.

Last week, starting pitcher Corey Kluber was officially signed on a one-year, $11 million deal, and on Wednesday, the team announced that Darren O’Day has signed his contract and will be ready for the start of the 2021 season.

As per the Yankees:

The New York Yankees announced today that they have signed RHP Darren O’Day to a one-year contract extending through the 2021 season with a player option for 2022. If the player option is declined, there is a club option for 2022.

To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Ben Heller was designated for assignment.

O’Day has spent time with the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, and Atlanta Braves over the course of his career. Last season in Atlanta, he pitched 16.1 innings, earning a 1.10 ERA with 12.12 strikeouts per nine. He also accumulated a 2.76 FIP and 22 strikeouts. The last time he had a sample size of over 60 innings was back in 2017, so the Yankees should be cautiously optimistic with how frequently they utilize him.

To make room for O’Day, the Yankees traded Adam Ottavino to the Boston Red Sox, clearing about $7 million to fit him under the $210M luxury tax threshold. Cashman has been extremely careful in pushing the team’s financial limits this off-season, given his acquisitions.

A majority of his moves have been centered around cost-efficient deals, as Kluber is the most expensive of the bunch. Jameson Taillon will only count $2.3 million in 2021, an exceptional contract for a player of his magnitude.

In the process of signing Darren to the active roster, the Yankees designated Ben Heller for assignment. Cutting Heller means that only Clint Frazier remains with the Yankees from the 2016 trade deadline deal that sent Andrew Miller to Cleveland.

In 2020, Heller pitched only 6.0 innings, recording a 3.00 ERA. He has only pitched 31.1 innings over the course of four years in pinstripes, so moving on was a justifiable move.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: O’Day in Heller out, Brett Gardner and more

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Darren O’Day takes Ben Heller’s place on the Yorty man roster

The New York Yankees made it official yesterday when they sent Ben Heller to assignment to make room for the new Yankees reliever Darren O’Day on the 40 man roster. When the Yankees finally found out that they could re-sign DJ LeMahieul for $15 million annually, that result gave them the money to spend. The Yankees went out and signed Corey Kluber, a two-time Cy Young award winner, and traded four prospects to the Pittsburgh Pirates for starter Jameson Taillon.

The Yankees still had positions to fill in the bullpen. The Yankees managed to pull off a surprising trade with the Boston Red Sox by sending declining Adam Ottavino to the sox, which will absorb nearly all of his $9 million owed by the Yankees in the last year of his contract. The Yankees gave up almost nothing and cleared that money off their 2021 payroll. The Yankees went out and signed one of the best relievers in baseball last year in Darren O’Day. O’Day in 2020 was 4-1 with a tiny ERA of 1.10. The Yankees also lost Tommy Kahnle to the Dodgers, a position they are yet to fill.

Yesterday the Yankees officially added O’Day to the 40 man roster by setting up reliever Ben Heller for assignment. If you remember, Heller was tendered instead of Jonathan Holder, who was a workhorse out of the pen for the Yankees. Holder has since signed with the Chicago Cubs.

Brett Gardner, Yankees have the money

After the signing of reliever Darren O’Day, the New York Yankees have approximately $9 million that they could spend and still stay under the $210 million left to spend to improve the Yankees in the 2021 season. One they could spend on is re-signing the Yankees veteran of over 12 seasons, Brett Gardner. Gardner, a centerfielder, has served the Yankees in the centerfield admirably and is a Yankee favorite.

Gardner, like many players, had an offseason last year. But in 2019, he had a career-high 28 home runs. Today, the centerfielder is one of the most durable players in the outfield, even at age 37. When player, after the player went on the IL Gardner, he was there to replace them. Even in his 2020 season, Gardner has shown that he has lost nothing defensively or running the bases. Gardner has always said that he wants to stay with the Yankees and retire as a Yankee. He would like one last chance to have his family watch him play as a bomber. The Yankees do have the money to make that happen.

Aaron Boone to mask it up in 2021

During the 2020 shortened, Yankee manager Aaron Boone wore a gaiter mask, one of cloth that could be pulled up over the nose. With the new safety protocol put in place yesterday, Boone must wear a  more traditional mask. A gaiter is a scarf-like cloth worn around the neck and can be pulled up over the mouth and nose. That type of mask is outlawed under the new protocol.

The team will also play differently in spring training. The units located on the west coast of Florida will only play teams located there, and the west coast teams will play only teams on that coast. That means teams will be playing more games with fewer units. For the Yankees, it means they will only be playing exhibition games between them and the Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are all located from St. Petersburg south to Fort Myers, as noted by MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Can the Yankees survive with only one lefty bat?

As it stands now, the New York Yankees have only one lefty bat, and that is the switch hitter Aaron Hicks. Last year they had hicks and real lefty bat in Brett Gardner, who the Yankees would not take up his 2021 option. The basic answer to can the Yankees survive with only one lefty bat, is yes they can. They won over 100 games two seasons from 2018 with just two lefties in the lineup. Last year in a shortened 60 game season, got to the postseason.

That being said, if the Yankees manage to win a World Series in the next year or so with their current core, they will be making franchise history in doing so without a viable lefty star. The 1996 World Champions featured Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, and even Wade Boggs; the remainder of the dynasty leaned heavily on the first two men. The Yankees can do it, but a true lefty bat sure would help the Yankees.

New York Yankees DFA Ben Heller to make room for Darren O’Day

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The New York Yankees announced on Wednesday that they have officially signed Darren O’Day to a one-year, $2.45 million deal. O’Day also has a player option for the 2022 season. Both sides verbally agreed to a deal on January 27th, as reported by Lindsey Adler.

O’Day, 38, is known for his sinker and his unique side-arm delivery. A 13-year veteran, O’Day was undrafted out of college and made his MLB debut in 2008 with the Los Angeles Angels. That off-season, the New York Mets selected him in the Rule 5 draft and would pitch just four games in Queens before being placed on waivers. The Texas Rangers picked him up shortly after and he pitched to 1.84 and 2.03 ERAs in his first two seasons in The Lone Star State.

However, his third season with the Rangers saw struggles, and he was once again placed on waivers following the 2011 season. The Baltimore Orioles snagged O’Day and had great success with the organization. Each of his first four seasons in Baltimore saw O’Day with ERAs under 2.30, even adding an all-star selection to his name. O’Day remained an Oriole well into 2018, but a trade deadline deal that season sent him to the Atlanta Braves. O’Day remained with the Braves through the 2020 season.

To make room for O’Day, the Yankees DFA’d reliever Ben Heller. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB draft, Heller was traded to the Yankees in the 2016 blockbuster involving Andrew Miller. In 31 MLB games, Heller has a 2.59 ERA and a 1.340 WHIP.

If Heller clears waivers, the Yankees can re-sign him to a minor-league deal. Otherwise, he’s fully available for any other team to pick him up.

The Yankees 40-man roster currently sits full with O’Day’s signing.

New York Yankees: The Yankees have made over 2 dozen moves to improve the team for 2021

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During this offseason, the New York Yankees almost stood still waiting to see if they could re-sign DJ LeMahieu and how much it would cost them to keep him in pinstripes. Since then, there has been a flurry of activity both by signings and trades. Today is a good time to look at how the Yankee front office has improved the team; here are some major acquisitions, although there are other dozen minor league signings.

Adam Warren 12/15:

This is a reunion, Warren has pitched for the New York Yankees before. Last year with the San Diego Padres, he was 4-1 with an ERA of 5.36. He played for New York from 2012. He started one game and gave up 2 runs in 2 innings for a 23.14 ERA. From 2013 to 2016, he was 17-17 with an ERA of 3.23. Again with the Yankees from 2017-18, he was 3-3 with an ERA of 2.53. Now he is back with the Yankees on a minor league deal.

Nestor Cortes Jr. 01/04:

Nestor Cortes Jr. is another returning Yankee. Nestor was 0-1 with an ERA of 15.26 last year with Seattle. With the Yankees in 2019, he 5-1 with an ERA of 5.67 across 33 games.

Jhoulys Chacin 01/06:

Chacin has spent most of his ten-year career with the Colorado Rockies. He has a career record of 78-87 ERA 4.04. Last year with the Milwaukee Brewers, he was 1-0 ERA 7.20.

Greg Allen 01/06:

Greg Allen was an outfielder for the Indians for four years, but they played for the San Diego last year. He throws right but is a switch hitter. Greg Allen is 6′ 0″, 185 pounds. He has been invited to spring training. He was obtained via the trade with the Padres.

Tyler Lyons 01/06:

Lyons spent most of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched in 2019 for the Yankees, and he was again with the Yankees in 2020. He combined for 12 games with an elevated ERA. He pitched in only one game in 2020 with an ERA of 21.60.

Andrew Valazquez 01/06:

Valazquez is a highly rated prospect that has played three years in the Majors. He started with the Tampa Bay Rays. Last year with the Baltimore Orioles, he had a .159 batting average. He is a good defender.

Jameson Taillon 01/24:

The New York Yankees sent four prospects to the Pittsburgh Pirates for starting pitcher Jameson Taillon. The acquisition puts buddies Taillon and Gerrit Cole back together again as they both pitched together with the Pirates. He is returning from his second Tommy John surgery, but if he can return to his 2018 form, the Yankees will have a bonified star.

DJ LeMahieu 01/27:

The Yankee’s priority this offseason was to re-sign DJ LeMahieu, and they put most everything else on hold until they could sign him. They finally agreed to a six-year deal that will keep DJ here until he is 38. The Yankees got him for $15 million a year. He was last year’s batting champ.

Corey Kluber 01/27:

As soon as the Yankees re-signed LeMahieu, they immediately completed a deal that they had been working on with 2 time Cy Young Award winning Corey Kluber. Kluber was hit by a pitch in 2019 that ended his season. He was traded to the Rangers but only pitched one inning in 2020 after injuring his shoulder. The Yankees will have a real deal if he can return to his 2018 form. The Yankees deal was for one year and $11 million.

Darren O’Day 02/01:

The Yankees hired Darren O’Day, one of last year’s best relievers. He went 4-1 with a tiny ERA of 1.10. The addition of O’Day to the bullpen will give the bullpen an entirely different look. He is a submariner, the first the Yankees have had in years. His sidearm delivery will give manager Aaron Boone a lot of flexibility in giving hitters totally different looks.

Asher Wojciechowski 02/02

Acquiring Asher was also a reunion of sorts; it puts him back with his old teammate Zack Britton. They both played for the Baltimore Orioles together. Last year with the Orioles, he was 1-2 with an ERA of 6.81. The deal will pay Wojciechowski a $750,000 salary if he makes it to the big leagues

Kyle Barraclough 02/03:

The Yankees have taken another chance with a pitcher that did not pitch last year. Barraclough pitched in the MLB during the 2019 season, having also played for Washington and Miami. Last year with the Padres, he didn’t make it out of the Padres minor league system. In 2019 he pitched just 33.2 innings and logging a 5.61 ERA.