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Yankees Signal Tim Mayza To Minor League Deal

The Yankees have signed left-hander Tim Mayza to a minor league deal, in keeping with a report from Brendan Kuty and Katie Woo of The Athletic. The lefty will presumably be assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre shortly.

Mayza, 32, was just lately launched by the Blue Jays as he’s had an terrible season to date. He made 35 appearances for the Jays, logging 24 2/3 innings with 8.03 earned runs allowed per 9. His 9.9% stroll charge on the yr is satisfactory however he has solely struck out 13.2% of batters confronted and his floor ball charge has been subpar at 39.1%.

Regardless of the latest struggles, it’s straightforward to see why the Yanks would have an interest. Mayza underwent Tommy John surgical procedure late in 2019 and missed all of 2020, however has was fairly good between that absence and this yr’s dip. Over the 2021-23 interval, he made 193 appearances for the Jays with a 2.67 ERA, 24.9% strikeout charge, 6.3% stroll charge and 58.3% floor ball charge. He earned 4 saves and 56 holds for the Jays in that point.

All these numbers have moved within the flawed course right here in 2024, however there are causes to suspect he’s not been as dangerous as an 8.03 ERA would counsel. His .367 batting common on balls in play and 54.8% strand charge have each been on the unlucky aspect of common, which is why his 4.91 FIP and 5.08 SIERA paint a rosier image of his work this yr. The dearth of strikeouts and floor balls this yr undoubtedly exacerbated that dangerous luck a bit, however anticipating some higher outcomes going ahead is inside cause.

The Yanks have been making an attempt to resolve the left-handed aid portion of their roster this season. Victor González was just lately bounced off the roster after some shaky outings. Caleb Ferguson has held onto his spot regardless of a 5.46 ERA this yr. They just lately purchased low on veteran groundballer Tim Hill and have additionally given restricted appears to Anthony Misiewicz and Josh Maciejewski.

If Mayza can flip a nook and present that the primary half of 2024 was only a dangerous stretch, there’s a path for him to get into that blend. The Yanks can get an up-close take a look at him for the subsequent few weeks whereas additionally they assess who could possibly be obtainable on the commerce market previous to the July 30 deadline.

Mayza is making $3.59MM this yr however the Jays are on the hook for that since they launched him. If the Yanks add him to the roster at any level, they might solely must pay him the prorated model of the league minimal for any time Mayza spends on the roster, with that quantity subtracted from what the Jays pay. Mayza crossed over 5 years of service time earlier this yr and might not be optioned to the minors, but when he will get a 40-man roster spot sooner or later, he could be retained through arbitration for the 2025 season.


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