NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees made another addition to their bullpen on Friday, although this one is less likely to cause the tremors that their acquisition of Aroldis Chapman did last week. They acquired 28-year-old right-hander Kirby Yates, designated for assignment three days ago, from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations.
Yates, who appeared in 22 games over two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays -- who sold him to Cleveland in November -- was 1-0 with a 7.97 ERA in 2015. Lifetime, he is 1-2 with a 5.27 ERA, one save and 63 strikeouts in 56⅓ big-league innings pitched. Yates also has surrendered 14 home runs, including 10 in 20⅓ innings last season. It is expected Yates would be used almost exclusively as a situational righty -- right-handed hitters have batted .238 against him in his career. Lefties batted .333 with five home runs in 33 at-bats in 2015.