Just one day after trading away their veteran catcher, the New York Yankees have DFA’d right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.
The 26-year-old flamethrower is expected to miss all of 2017 as a result of two detrimental injuries to his right elbow. Eovaldi needed two surgeries to repair a partial tear of his UCL — his second Tommy John operation — and a complete tear of his flexor tendon.
Earlier today the Yankees made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/vuTb7uHqfB
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) November 19, 2016
A native of Houston, the right-hander logged 279 innings over two seasons with the Yankees, who acquired him from the Miami Marlins prior to the 2015 campaign. His two years defined inconsistency, recording a 4.45 ERA while allowing 298 hits and 33 home runs throughout a largely shaky tenure in the Bronx.
Eovaldi showed flashes of brilliance on numerous occasions, and then typically turned in brutal follow-up performances. In other words, he was extremely streaky.
Run support, however, was not the problem. Combined between 2015 and 2016, the youngster tallied 23 wins as opposed to 11 losses, including a stellar 14-3 mark in his first season in pinstripes.
Given that he is set to become a free agent after this season, there is no reason for him to take a roster spot. An eventual release is completely feasible, putting an end to a partnership that did not end the way either side would have liked.