Yankees claim Cory Gearrin, release Domingo Acevedo

The Yankees continued their efforts to bolster the bullpen Friday afternoon, claiming right-hander Cory Gearrin from the Seattle Mariners. To make room on the 40-man roster, Domingo Acevedo was released. Gearrin becomes the latest addition to the depth chart – the Yankees have added relievers Trevor Rosenthal, David Hernandez, Ryan Dull, and Joe Mantiply this month alone.

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Gearrin is in the midst of a run-of-the-mill campaign, pitching to a 3.92 ERA with 39 strikeouts over 41.1 innings. He’s been a reliable pen piece for the better part of the decade, carrying a 3.59 ERA through eight big league seasons. In 2017, he threw 68 innings of 1.99 ERA/215 ERA+ ball out of the Giants’ pen.

It’s a bit of a surprise to see the organization simply release Acevedo; the 6’7” right-hander came in as the Yanks’ #4 prospect just last year. Although scouts doubted he’d stick as a starter, his ability to place his pitches had been praised and he’d been thought to have value as a potential late-inning weapon. While he did crack Triple-A for the first time earlier this year, he posted an uninspiring 5.40 ERA in 16.2 relief innings and landed on the IL with tricep tightness on August 8.

Article by: Christian DeMoro


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