The New York Yankees announced a roster change between Thursday’s doubleheader games against the Houston Astros. Veteran right-handed reliever Ryan Weber was designated for assignment
Weber, 31, 6-foot-1, has been on and off the roster all season, and this is the third time the Yankees have designated him for assignment this year. In the previous two instances, he cleared waivers and stayed with the team, and was later drafted back to the GL:
Among those transactions, pitched 7 2/3 innings (three hits, one run) in the major leagues with a 1.17 ERA. His strikeout rate of 7.7% is very low, but he is limited to a minuscule 3.8% walk rate and gets ground balls at a decent 60.9% rate. He also pitched 24 2/3 Triple-A innings on the year, posting a 2.55 ERA, 18.8% strikeout rate, 1% walk rate and 47.4% ground ball rate.
The Yankees will have a week to trade him, put him through waivers or release him. If he clears waivers, he’ll have the right to decline an outright assignment and elect free agency, but he could stay with the Yankees, depending on precedent.
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