Yankees sign Mike Zagurski, acquire Yoshinori TateyamaBy
The Yankees made a pair of minor moves today. First, they signed left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Scranton, according to Chris Cotillo. He can opt-out of the deal on August 15th if he’s not in the big leagues. The Yankees had trade interest in the 30-year-old last month, so it’s no surprise they went after him as a free agent. Zagurski allowed ten runs in six innings for the Pirates after being called up a few weeks ago, and he’s held big league lefties to a .333 wOBA in 32.2 career innings.
The Yankees have also acquired right-handed reliever Yoshinori Tateyama from the Rangers for future considerations, reports John Blake. He isn’t on the 40-man roster and will presumably join Zagurski in Triple-A. The 37-year-old owns a 5.75 ERA and 4.54 FIP in 61 career innings with Texas. He’s a funky low-arm slot guy who has held righties to a .227 wOBA in 36.1 career innings. Lefties tagged him for a .409 wOBA. Tateyama is interesting only because he throws a screwball. Here’s a GIF. New York is just loading up on some minor league bullpen depth for the second half, that’s all. I guess they could deal a reliever for a bat, but how often does that actually happen?