If the Yankees had any plans of using Chase Whitley for the bullpen next season, they’re out of luck. Simply because Whitley is no longer a New York Yankee.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Tampa Bay Rays have claimed Whitley off waivers from the Yankees, ending Whitley’s tenure in the Bronx. Whitley was in a position to win a big league job last season, until he suffered a tear in his elbow and underwent Tommy John Surgery. Whitley only had one full season with the Yankees, going 4-3 with a 5.23 ERA in 75.2 innings in 2014. If Whitley had cleared waivers, he would have been an option for the Yankees bullpen going into next season.