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Yankees acquire Kirby Yates from Indians

Kirby Yates

Tampa Bay Rays closing pitcher Kirby Yates delivers to the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, July 20, 2014. The Rays won 5-3. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)


Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees have acquired right-hander Kirby Yates from the Indians for cash considerations.

Yates was designated for assignment earlier this week after an ugly 2015 season, but he pitched well for the Rays in 2014 and has 63 strikeouts in 56 total innings as a big leaguer through age 28.

Yates also has a 2.33 ERA and 162/44 K/BB ratio in 112 innings at Triple-A, so he should get a chance to compete for a middle relief spot in the Yankees’ bullpen during spring training. However, as an extreme fly-ball pitcher he’s seemingly a poor fit to call Yankee Stadium home.

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