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New York Yankees Acquire Lefty Reliever Josh Outman from Cleveland Indians

August 29th, 2014 at 12:40 AM
By Mike Warsaw

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the New York Yankees have acquired left handed specialist Josh Outman from the Cleveland Indians.

The Yankees continue to re-tool their bullpen as they currently hold a .274 average against left handed batters this season. Outman will join a Yankees bullpen that has struggled against lefties for most of the season. Outman brings a .188 average against lefties in his six year Major League career. The 29 year-old was acquired by Cleveland last season in a one-for-one deal with the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Drew Stubbs.

Outman owns a 4.42 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP in 152 Major League games with the A's, Rockies and Indians. Outman appeared in 31 games for Cleveland this season combining for a 4-0 record and 3.28 ERA. Outman also recorded 24 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings with the Indians this season.

Although Outman was effective in Cleveland, the Indians have the opposite problem the Yankees have, they have too many lefties in the pen. With left handers, Marc Rzepczynski, Nick Hagadone and Kyle Crockett also working in relief, Outman was the odd man out.

He was designated for assignment by the Indians at the end of June and cleared waivers. He was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus and had a 4.43 ERA in 23 appearances. Although the numbers appear less than impressive on the surface, Outman's numbers against lefties were quite good as he held left handers to a .189 batting average. Outman also posted a .180 opponent's average, good for a .673 OPS.

Outman was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2005 Amateur Draft and was named the 12th best prospect in Phillies organization in 2007. In 2008, the Phillies dealt Outman to Oakland along with Adrian Cardenas and Mathew Spencer for Joe Blanton.

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