The New York Yankees continued to re-tool their bullpen as they announced a deal that would bring David Huff back to the Bronx. The veteran reliever was claimed off waivers and acquired by the Yankees for cash considerations on Wednesday.
Huff spent last season with the Cleveland Indians before being claimed off waivers by the Yankees on May 26, 2013. Huff 29, who was designated for assignment by the Giants last week, will join the Yankees bullpen in time for Wednesday's matchup with the Mariners in Seattle.
To make room for Huff the Yankees designated pitcher Wade LeBlanc for assignment. LeBlanc was claimed off waivers from the LA Angels on June 3, by New York. LeBlanc, who pitched in one game for the Yankees, allowed two runs on two hits, walked one and leaves with an 18.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP
Huff who appeared in 11 games with the Yankees last season, had a 3-1 record while pitching out of the bullpen. Huff pitched 34 innings and finished 2013 with a 4.67 ERA as a Yankee. Huff showed flexibility in the Yankees pen as he started two games, but was used primarily as a long reliever. The Yankees who have Matt Thornton as their only left-handed arm, definitely have a need for another lefty who can give them a lot of innings.
Huff got his first win as a Yankee last season on August 22, when he pitched five innings of one hit relief against the Toronto Blue Jays. Huff was drafted out of UCLA by Cleveland and made his Major League debut with the Indians on May 17, 2009. He pitched with Cleveland until last season, when he was acquired by the Yankees. Huff was traded to the Giants for cash considerations after the 2013 season. Huff was 1-0 in 16 games with a 6.30 ERA before being re-acquired by the Yankees.
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