Yankees Get Lefty Josh Outman from Tribe
The Cleveland Indians announced on Thursday night that they are trading left-handed reliever Josh Outman to the New York Yankees in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Outman will report immediately to the Yankees, who are in need of some bullpen help. Since trading Matt Thornton to the Washington Nationals, the Yanks have primarily relied on Rich Hill and David Huff as their lefty-specialists out of the pen. Both have been solid, as Hill has yet to allow a run as a Yankee and Huff has posted a 2.30 mark in pinstripes.
Outman has a 3.28 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 24.2 major league innings this year, but had been pitching with the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate. He will give New York another option from the left side. In 2014 lefties are hitting just .180 off of the 29-year-old.
In general, the Yankees pen has struggled of late due to fatigue. Dellin Betances can not pitch every night and Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley are already showing signs of overuse. If nothing else, Outman will provide manager Joe Girardi with another arm capable of eating up some innings.
With less than five years of big league experience, Outman will remain under the Yankees’ control through 2016 should the team go ahead with arbitration.
Outman has also spent time with the Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies.
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