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Yanks claim Demel

What's a day without a Yankee transaction? On Tuesday, they picked up Dan Otero. Now, Otero is gone, replaced by another righty reliever, Sam Demel.

Hopefully for Demel's sake, the Yankees have bigger plans for him than they did Otero. Here is the release:

The New York Yankees today announced they have claimed right-handed pitcher Sam Demel off waivers from the Houston Astros.

Demel, 27, owns a 4-4 record with two saves and a 4.95 ERA (63.2IP, 35ER) in 72 Major League relief appearances with the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2010-12. He made one relief outing in his only stint with Arizona in 2012 (1.0IP, 2H, 1ER) after spending the majority of the season with Triple-A Reno, where he went 1-4 with one save and a 4.07 ERA (66.1IP, 30ER) in 56 appearances out of the bullpen. In 257.2 career innings pitched at the minor league level, he has struck out 284 batters.

A third-round selection by Oakland in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Demel made five spring training relief appearances with Houston in 2013, going 1-0 and allowing 11 earned runs in 2.1 innings pitched.

In a corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated RHP Danny Otero for assignment.