On Thursday, the New York Yankees designated left-handed reliever David Huff for assignment to make room for newly-signed starter Masahiro Tanaka. On Friday, they shipped the 29-year-old out of town just after he lost his roster spot from the team.
The Yankees sent Huff to the San Francisco Giants for cash considerations, as he will pitch for his third team in less than two years and make his first appearances in the National League. Last year, the Yankees acquired Huff from the Cleveland Indians and pitched mostly in long relief while making the occasional start for the team.
In 2013, Huff went 3-1 with a 4.67 ERA in 11 appearances; two of which were starts for the team, but struggled in the rare starts he made for the team. Huff was a former starter for the Indians dating back from 2009-2013 and had a career 18-26 record with a 5.40 ERA in 58 appearances for the Indians before the designated him for assignment last May.
With Cesar Cabral and Matt Thornton as the two main lefties on the Yankees roster for the bullpen, there was simply no need for Huff anymore in 2014 and thus, his departure from the roster was inevitable and with Tanaka's signing, it made the move happen sooner than later.
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