The Yankees made another move to solidify their starting rotation on Monday, as they claimed right-hander Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.
Bridwell, 27, went 1-0 with a 17.55 ERA (6.2IP, 13ER) in five games (one start) with the Angels in 2018. He spent the majority of the season on the minor league disabled list, but also made six starts with Triple-A Salt Lake, going 1-1 with an 8.68 ERA (28.0IP, 27ER).
In 28 career appearances (21 starts) over parts of three Major League seasons with Baltimore (2016) and Los Angeles-AL (2017-18), he has gone 11-3 with a 4.60 ERA (131.0IP, 67ER) and 79K. In 2017, he went 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA (121.0IP, 49ER) in 21 games (20 starts), ranking second on the team in wins. The Hereford, Tex., native was originally selected by Baltimore in the ninth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He was traded from the Orioles to the Angels on April 17, 2017 for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Bridwell could be a 4 or 5 starter depending on how he does in spring training and the health of CC Sabathia.
In comparison to the Yankees' young starters from last season, Bridwell is far better than Luis Cessa and he has more experience than Jonathan Loaisiga and Domingo German.
To make room for Bridwell on the 40-man roster, INF Ronald Torreyes was designated for assignment.
Torreyes became a fan favorite the past couple of seasons as he always played hard and was a reliable backup. He was also known for his antics in the dugout, such as his "To-Night Show," where he would do a mock interview of someone after a big hit.
After coming up with the Dodgers in 2015, Torreyes joined the Yankees the following season. In 2016, he played in 72 games and hit .258 with 1 home run and 12 RBI. In 2017, he hit .292 with 3 home runs and 36 RBI and played in 108 games. This past season, his playing time was reduced due to the emergence of Miguel Andujar at third base and Gelyber Torres at second base, and he played in 41 games, hitting .280 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI.
Even though Torres was designated for assignment, he is not necessarily gone, as he could accept being placed in the minor league system.