Yankees re-sign Matt Daley to minor league deal

Cotillo: Cubs claim Brett Marshall off waivers from Yankees
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The Yankees have re-signed right-hander Matt Daley to a minor league contract, reports Matt Eddy. I assume he received an invitation to Spring Training as well. Daley was non-tendered earlier this month, but soon thereafter we heard the team had interest in retaining him as a non-40-man roster player.

Daley, 31, allowed two hits and zero walks while striking out eight in six scoreless September innings this past season. The Queens native was awesome in the minors, pitching to a 2.02 ERA (1.88 FIP) in 53.1 innings at three levels after returning from shoulder surgery. Daley has a 4.38 ERA (3.65 FIP) in 86.1 career big league innings, all with the Yankees and Rockies. The Bombers originally signed Daley soon after the surgery two offseasons ago and rehabbed him.

As of right now, the only players guaranteed to be in the bullpen next year are David Robertson, Shawn Kelley, and the recently signed Matt Thornton. The Yankees obviously like Daley, otherwise they wouldn’t have signed him after the surgery and helped him rehab for two years. Depending on how the rest of the offseason shakes out, he could compete against kids like Dellin Betances and Jose Ramirez for a bullpen spot in camp.

Cotillo: Cubs claim Brett Marshall off waivers from Yankees
Christmas Open Thread
  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I like this guy way too much for my own good.

  • dkidd

    the man who (along with joe girardi) prevented mariano from having a perfect 1.00 career whip


  • D$1184

    Whose claim to be fame will one day be being the answer to the trivia question:

    “Who relieved Mariano Rivera in his final career appearance?”

  • vin

    The more the merrier…

  • King George wasn’t cheap

    Oh, thank God!!!!

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    That “Inverted W” pitching motion looks painful.

    • Bill Bruford

      Mark Prior thinks so too.

    • rick

      Why don’t we just call it an “M”?

      • TomG

        Brilliant. I feel silly for never noticing that.

  • Dr. Mel

    Wonder why the Yanks didn’t take a flyer and claim Trey Haley off the waiver wire. Only 23, throws in mid-high 90’s.

  • MartinRanger

    It’s likely to be a dogfight for bullpen spots come the spring, so the more potentially quality arms up for those spots, the better.

  • MD

    Clearly a reactionary move to thwart all the negative PR from losing Marshall.