Slightly more than a week ago they claimed right hand pitcher Mickey Storey off waivers from the Houston Astros and now the Yankees have designated him for assignment.
This is a move similar to the Jayson Nix move where the Yankees are hoping that he goes unclaimed so they can keep him, but just remove him from the 40-man roster. The Yankees are in a unique position where since they finished with the best record in the AL, most teams have already had their chance at players and passed them up. That makes it likely that the Yankees can send them through waivers again without a great fear of losing them. It’s why they claimed both Storey and catcher Eli Whiteside and immediately designated them for assignment.
Storey will be 27 to start the season. He has thrown 30.1 innings in the majors with the Astros last season. He had a 3.86 ERA, a 10.1 K/9, and a 3.0 BB/9. In his minor league career he had a 3.13 ERA, a 9.4 K/9, and a 2.5 BB/9. He’ll be a solid arm to add to the bullpen mix if he clears waivers.