Yankees add familiar face to bullpen core with royals waiver

Yankees bring back a familiar face through royal waivers

26 years old Albert Abreu is back on the road, but this time he’s going back to where his big league career began: the New York Yankees.

2022 was a busy year for the young right-hander as he was traded from the Yankees to the Texas Rangers and then again to the Texas Rangers in the Jose Trevino deal on April 2 Kansas City Royals from Texas on June 2, only to be recently picked for action by the Royals after just four appearances.

Between Rangers and Royals, Abreu looked good, owning a 0-0 record and a 3.46 ERA in a total of 11 appearances between the two clubs. His ERA+ is 120, but he has given up three home runs in just 13 innings and batted more walks (16) than strike outs (12).

Albert Abreu was (again) claimed by the New York Yankees from waivers.

Abreu entered the league for the Yanks back in 2020, pitching in just two games and giving up four runs (three earned) in just one inning and a third. In 2021, he made 28 appearances in the Yankees pen, posting a 5.15 ERA in 36 innings and amassed 35 strikeouts against 19 walks.

Over the course of his short big league career to this point, Abreu has had a troubling HR/9 of 2.1 (less than 1.0 is considered good) and is a horrendous 6 at just 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings, 5 batters gone per nine innings. Neither of those numbers will make it at the big league level, so he’ll need a dramatic turnaround if he wants to stay in the majors.

Used solely as a backup pitcher in the major leagues, Abreu actually has considerable experience starting games in the minor league systems of both the Astros and Yankees. His future prospects likely remain in the bullpen as the Yankees’ rotation is 100% fixed and Nestor Cortes, Gerrit Cole, Jordan Montgomery, Jameson Taillon and Luis Severino make up one of the deadliest starting rotations in the big leagues.

To make room for Abreu’s rejoining the big league club, the Yankees chose a designated right-hander David McKay for the mission. McKay, 27, has also moved around the league, making big league appearances for the Mariners, Tigers and Yankees in recent seasons.

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John Verrall

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