Via George King: Before claiming David Huff off waivers from the Indians, the Yankees asked the Pirated about left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski. Pittsburgh is close to calling him up from Triple-A, however, so talks never went anywhere.
Zagurski, 30, owns a 6.13 ERA (4.82 FIP) in 69 career big league innings with the Phillies and Diamondbacks over the years. As a true lefty specialist, he’s held same-side hitters to a .254/.333/.372 (.312 wOBA) line with a 25.2 K% and 43.4 GB%. He’s pitched very well in Triple-A this year, striking out 37 in 21 innings. The Yankees have Cesar Cabral on the mend and Clay Rapada at Triple-A Scranton, so they have some lefty relief depth. Sounds like they wanted someone more MLB-ready for the upcoming Mets, Red Sox, and Indians series though.