The Yankees have an settlement with reliever Yerry De Los Santos, his representatives at Epitome Sports activities Administration introduced on Instagram. Whereas the company didn’t specify the phrases, it’s very seemingly a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Coaching.
De Los Santos turned a free agent two weeks in the past after he went unclaimed on waivers. That ended his career-long tenure with the Pirates. The righty signed with Pittsburgh as an beginner in 2014. He received to the massive leagues eight years later, tossing 25 2/3 innings of 4.91 ERA ball as a rookie. He took on an identical workload this previous season, tallying 24 1/3 frames over 26 MLB appearances.
The 25-year-old (26 subsequent month) turned in a 3.33 ERA for the Bucs this 12 months. That’s a stable mark on the floor however comes with an underwhelming strikeout and stroll profile. He handed out free passes at a 12.5% clip whereas punching out a properly below-average 17.3% of batters confronted. De Los Santos had solely barely higher strikeout and stroll numbers in Triple-A, the place he was tagged for a 6.12 ERA over 25 innings.
That mixture of middling management and a subpar whiff fee led groups to decide towards devoting him a 40-man roster spot when he hit waivers. He’s a wise goal for the Yankees as a non-roster addition, nevertheless. New York tends to prioritize ground-ball arms within the late innings. They’ve led the majors in ground-ball share from their aid corps in consecutive seasons.
De Los Santos suits the mould. He depends totally on a sinker that averaged 95 MPH on the massive league degree. That has resulted in a grounder fee north of 53% in his MLB profession. (The league common for relievers sat at 43.6% this 12 months.) De Los Santos has a pair of minor league choices remaining. If he cracks the MLB roster, the Yankees may transfer him between the Bronx and Triple-A with out exposing him to waivers.