Nov
06

Yankees claim David Herndon off waivers from Blue Jays

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Via MLBTR: The Yankees have claimed right-handed reliever David Herndon off waivers from the Blue Jays. The 27-year-old had Tommy John surgery in June and won’t return until the middle of next season.

Herndon has been a solid middle reliever for the Phillies over the last three years, pitching to a 3.85 ERA (4.27 FIP) in 117 innings. He’s a ground ball guy (44.3%) with unspectacular walk (3.23 BB/9 and 8.3 BB%) and strikeout (5.85 K/9 and 15.0 K%) rates. Philadelphia plucked him from the Angels in the 2009 Rule 5 Draft, and from what I can tell he has at least one and possibly two minor league options remaining. Extra bullpen depth is never a bad thing.

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5 Comments»

  1. RetroRob says:

    I’ve learned never to ignore these type of moves from Cashman. He’ll pick up a bunch of bullpen arms, some recovering from injury, some who never quite could find a spot in the majors, some coming off bad years. At least one will probably end up making significant contributions to the team in 2013. We just don’t know who yet.

  2. Bartolo Colon says:

    They Claimed Josh Spence from the waivers too.

  3. kenthadley says:

    Josh Spence, too.

  4. dalelama says:

    Another great move….right…lots of motion but no movement….just distraction to give the illusion of improvement.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      No, I don’t think there is a single fan out there who thinks this move has much chance to be a significant improvement. Arguing that this was done for PR is about as strange an argument as one can make. These moves on the margins of the 40-man rarely have much impact on the team, but that doesn’t mean the front office shouldn’t tinker to try to put together the best roster they can. Since their waiver claims get last preference in the AL, there’s a good chance they’re claiming the guy just to pass him through waivers so he’s not on the 40-man.

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