Monday, November 28, 2016
The Yankees have unconditionally released pitchers Nathan Eovaldi, Joe Mantiply and Nick Rumbelow.
The three hurlers had been designated for assignment Nov. 18.
Eovaldi was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 games (21 starts) for the Yankees this past season, but the 26-year-old right-hander is expected to miss all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August.
Acquired by the Yankees from the Marlins in a five-player deal in Dec. 2014, Eovaldi was 23-11 with a 4.45 ERA in 51 games (48 starts) for New York over the past two seasons. He owns a career 4.21 ERA in 134 games (127 starts) over six seasons with the Dodgers, Marlins and Yankees.
Mantiply, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Tigers on Nov. 8. The left-hander got his first taste of big league duty with five appearances for Detroit this past season, permitting five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings (16.88 ERA), after spending most of the season with Double-A Erie.
Rumbelow, 25, had season-ending Tommy John surgery in April after beginning the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The right-hander made 17 appearances as a rookie with New York in 2015, posting a 1-1 record with a 4.02 ERA.
Nathan Eovaldi makes a lot of sense to release, because otherwise he would still be arbitration eligible. Hopefully they re-sign him to a make-good contract (you know, a little money for this year and then a few million for next year). I don’t understand releasing Mantiply and Rumbelow, though. They both cleared waivers, why not hold on to them off the 40-man roster?
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