Yankees claim Justin Thomas off waivers from Red Sox


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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  • RetroRob

    Yankees claiming Red Sox bullpen rejects?


    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.

      • 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.