Yankees Bolster Bullpen With Veteran Signing Ahead of All-Star Break

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The New York Yankees have reportedly signed left-handed reliever Tim Mayza to a minor league deal, per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.

The 32-year-old veteran was designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays on June 29. After being DFA'd, Mayza cleared waivers and was released by the Blue Jays five days later.

Mayza had an 8.03 ERA in 24 2/3 innings this season, and the average velocity on his sinker has significantly declined from 2021 (94 mph) to now (91.9 mph). This was a signing that needed to be done for New York.

One of the reasons for this was due to their depleted bullpen. The Yankees' bullpen has dealt with lots of injuries, leaving New York no choice but to sign a veteran that can help eat innings and provide some depth.

While it's unclear what the plan for Mayza would look like once he's officially on the team. New York will probably keep him in the mix at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The only way Mayza gets called up to the majors is if another injury occurs for New York. The Yankees already have six relievers on the injured list. These notable names include Lou Trevino, Nick Burdi, Scott Effross, Cody Poteet, Ian Hamilton, JT Brubaker, and Jonathan Loaisiga.

While it is important to know that some of these pitchers are ramping up their rehab assignments and are close to returning to the team, Effross is the most notable name that is closer to returning. New York is hoping he can be back after the All-Star break. The Yankees right now are ranked ninth in reliever ERA at 3.64.

The signing of Mayza also comes after the team finds themselves in a tough stretch. The Yankees have lost 17 of their last 23 games and sit three games back of the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East. Hopefully, this isn't the only move New York makes as the trade deadline looms.

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