Yankees claim Justin Thomas off waivers from Red Sox

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Via Maureen Mullen, the Yankees have claimed lefty reliever Justin Thomas off waivers from the Red Sox. Not sure what the corresponding 40-man roster move is, but the Yanks have a ton of 60-day DL candidates so that’s not an issue.

Thomas, 28, has a minor league option left, so I’m assuming he’ll head to Triple-A. He pitched to a 7.71 ERA (3.17 FIP) in seven appearances (4.2 IP) with Boston, allowing two singles and a double to the 12 left-handed batters he’d faced. Thomas has pitched for the Mariners and Pirates in the past, but given how terrible the Sox’s bullpen is, I wouldn’t expect much if they cut him loose.

Update: Just for the sake of completeness, the Yankees have transferred Austin Romine to the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man spot for Thomas.

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Game 33: An Old Friend
Saturday Night Open Thread
  • RetroRob

    Yankees claiming Red Sox bullpen rejects?

    LOOGY?

    Does this mean he’s assigned to the MLB roster, or is he assigned to the Port Ruppert Mundys?

    • RetroRob

      Sorry. Missed the second paragraph. Sounds like a candidate for the Mundys.

  • Billy

    Great job you guys beat MLBTraderumors to the punch. Does this guy have options?

    • jjyank

      Apparently so. No harm in the claim. I just hope they don’t go with three LOOGYs in the pen. *shudders*

  • jjyank

    Clay Rapada insurance maybe?

    • RetroRob

      …or insurance down in the minors for Juan Cedeno, who might get the call if Rapada fails.

      I think this is a real strength of the Yankees and Cashman over the past four years. Finding arms. Most fail, but a few of them will turn out good for a season or so.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Yeah, it’s a completely inconsequential move. Not like they had to take someone off the roster to make room for him.

  • yooboo

    What about Angels’ Reckling?

  • Brian S.

    Mo’s replacement.