O’Connor, 31, has pitched just 120.2 innings over three seasons in the major leagues, most recently pitching for the Mets. Most of those came as a starter for the Nationals back in 2006.
The Yankees have been burned by too many big name relievers over the years and this is exactly the type of relief pitcher that they are turning to more often. O’Connor doesn’t have the flashy name and may never even pitch in the Bronx, but they signed him hoping they could catch lightning in a bottle.
Remember, for the price of one Pedro Felciano the Yankees can sign more than 20 O’Connors and with the volitile nature of relief pitching it may be smarter to sign the latter.