The Yankees have made a small flurry of roster moves since the end of Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
They first optioned Nestor Cortes back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Cortes threw 48 pitches in 2.0 innings Saturday. He has mostly been starting in the minors and likely would have needed a couple of days off at minimum anyway, assuming there was ever a plan for him to stick. it makes sense. The bullpen has been taxed over the last few days, so they needed to go grab a fresh arm.
The fresh arm they brought up: Chad Green.
Chad Green was sent down late last month because he has been awful in the big leagues this year. He had a 16.43 ERA in 7.2 MLB innings before being sent down. He’s supposedly fixed the issue and he had a 2.45 ERA in 7.2 innings with Scranton.
Among the chief mechanical fixes appears to be his hand placement to begin his pitching motion. He used to come set with his hands down low, but now is coming set with his hands higher.
Hopefully he’s all fixed now. Having Chad as a multi-inning threat changes a lot as far as what this team can do, especially with Dellin Betances still on the mend.
According to Brendan Kuty (or at least he was the person whose tweet I saw), the Yankees have acquired infielder Breyvic Valera off waivers from San Francisco. To make room on the 40-man roster, Greg Bird was moved to the 60-day IL.
Valera is a 27-year-old infielder from Venezuela. In the major leagues, he’s mostly played second base but he’s played all of the non-1B infield positions as well as an appearance in right field. I have no idea what the Yankees’ plan is with him. Not at all.
In 24 games with the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, Valera has hit .257/.396/.338 (97 wRC+). That is nothing impressive whatsoever. In 86 MLB plate appearances, he has a career 48 OPS+, which is awful.
I don’t know for sure if he is a good fielder, but I would assume he is a glove-first guy, since he seems to have no bat at all. Maybe he’s the next Voit.