Yankees designate Cory Wade for assignment

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Via Anthony McCarron, the Yankees have designated right-hander Cory Wade for assignment. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Dellin Betances, who was activated off the 60-day DL so he could pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

It was quite a fall from grace for the 29-year-old Wade, who gave the Yankees about 55 great innings before falling apart in late-May. He was an important part of the bullpen in the second half last year and for the first six weeks of 2012, but for whatever reason he just lost the ability to locate. That’s a recipe for disaster given his pure finesse approach. All told, his Yankees career featured a 4.23 ERA (4.13 FIP) in 78.2 innings after being plucked off the scrap heap. For shame, I liked Wade.

Betances, 24, was placed on the minor league DL with shoulder tendinitis in late-August, but the Yankees recalled him and stuck him on the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man spot for Andy Pettitte last month. He had a nightmare season that included a demotion from Triple-A to Double-A. The AzFL season begins tomorrow, and Betances is one of seven Yankees prospects heading to the desert.

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  • Rey22

    A shame. he’ll always have 2011 and the first half of 2012. Good luck.

  • FachoinaNYY

    This really does show how volatile relievers can be, he looked to be such a nice piece going forward for us, now gone.

  • Steve S

    He’ll sign with the Padres and have a decent career. Wish him the best.

  • David

    Crap. This means he’s going to save an important game against us in the playoffs next year…

  • Tom O

    I’ll always remember Cory Wade for doing the right thing and helping the Rays win game 162.

  • Deep Thoughts

    #53 available for the Melk Man…