Yankees unconditionally release Eovaldi, Rumbelow and Mantiply


The New York Yankees continued making cuts off the 40-man roster, even though it was at the expense of Nathan Eovaldi.

The Yankees announced this evening the team unconditionally released Eovaldi, Nick Rumbelow and Joe Mantiply.

Eovaldi’s release isn’t a surprise; the right-hander underwent Tommy John Surgery which will keep him out for the entire 2017 season. Eovaldi was part of a five-player trade that sent David Phelps and Martin Prado to the Miami Marlins in December of 2014. Since then, Eovaldi went 23-11 with a 4.45 ERA in his two season with the Bronx Bombers.

It’s possible the Yankees could re-sign Eovaldi since the team is notoriously known for signing rehabbing players to two-year deals.

Rumbelow, who was a seventh round draft pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, also had Tommy John Surgery in the last year. He only made one Triple-A appearance before going under the knife.

Mantiply was claimed off waivers from the Detroit Tigers earlier this month before he was designated for assignment ten days ago.

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4 Responses to Yankees unconditionally release Eovaldi, Rumbelow and Mantiply

  1. Terry says:

    I always liked Nate but 2nd TJ, he would have to rehab it first, for me. He'll probably be one of those showcase guys and may have to start the comeback trail as a reliever. Good luck young man

    • Celerino says:

      Given his injury history and inability to fully put it together as a starter, maybe he should look towards a future as a reliever. With his hard stuff he could be great at it.

      • mosc says:

        There is some track record for guys after their second tommy john being successful relievers but I can't think of any who have reached 162 IP as a starter in any season. I think Eovaldi was headed towards the pen based on 2016 performance as it was so yes, I think he should be viewed as a potential 2018 reliever. They can offer him like 2Y/$5M with a team option year or two on the end of it and wait to sign him until opening day when he can be stashed on the 60-day DL until the following off-season. $5M is decent money, he's made about twice that in his career so far so it should still interest him . The team options restore some control even though $5M is a decent chunk for a 2018 flier that limits your 2017/2018 offseason slightly too.

  2. Dan M says:

    Large and part I agree with Terry, after a 2nd TJ surgery I would need to see how he looks in a showcase whenever he's healthy again. It always sucks to see a guy like Eovaldi, with such great stuff and an electric arm have their careers derailed like this. I hope one day Eovaldi can come back and put everything together and possibly be an effective reliever because I feel like his days as an SP are probably over. If he does want to be a starter again though I feel there would only be ONE ideal destination for him to resurrect his career, and that place is Pittsburgh as long as Ray Searage is still their pitching coach.

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