Earlier today, the New York Yankees have unconditionally released Nathan Eovaldi, Nick Rumbelow and Joe Mantiply.
Eovaldi’s release show’s how cut throat this business is. After a promising and electric 2015 campaign (14-3, 7.1 K/9) he struggled throughout 2016 before going down with an elbow injury.
Expected to miss the entire 2017 season after Tommy John surgery last summer, the Bombers have decided to cut ties with their right-handed fireballer instead of waiting on a recovery.
In two years in the Bronx, Eovaldi went 23-11 with a 4.45 ERA with 218 strikeouts in 279 innings of work. He was obtained from the Miami Marlins along with Domingo German and Garrett Jones for David Phelps, Martin Prado and cash.
A potential two-year contract between the Yankees and Eovaldi is possible but Cashman was not interested in discussing it prior to Nasty Nate’s release.
Joining him on the free agent market is Rumbelow (1-1, 4.02 in 2015) who pitched in a mere 17 games in his career with the Yankees thanks to Tommy John surgery last season and Mantiply, who was claimed off waivers from the Detroit Tigers on Nov. 8.
The southpaw surrendered five earned runs (one home run) in 2.2 innings with the big league club in 2016. Given his removal from the 40-man roster the other day, it would have been minors, trade or release.
Cashman decided to send the 25-year old to the open market.
Over four years in the minor leagues, the lefty maintained a 2.44 earned run average over 154 games and 13 starts. Mantiply only gave up 11 home runs in 239.1 innings and struck out 8.9 batters per nine innings.
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Today the @yankees unconditionally released RHP Nathan Eovaldi, LHP Joe Mantiply and RHP Nick Rumbelow. All were previously DFAed on 11/18.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) November 28, 2016