According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, the New York Yankees are close to picking up Clay Rapada on a minor league contract and with an invite to spring training.
Yankees close to signing Clay Rapada to a minor league contract with invitation to spring training.
Rapada is 30 years old, 6'5" and 200 pounds with a mid-80s fastball. He's spent most of his career in the minors with the Rangers, Tigers, Cubs and most recently the Baltimore Orioles. He has 52.5 major league innings under his belt with a career ERA of 5.13. He's struggled with control throughout his short sting in the majors, posting a BB/9 rate of 5.47.
Give Rapada's lack of success, age and limited-to-no upside, this move is likely one of the 'warm body' variety, strictly for added depth in spring training.
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