• Who’s Laffey Now?

    Posted by on August 19th, 2011 · Comments (4)

    Via the Washington Post

    The New York Yankees made a move to beef up their bullpen on Friday, claiming left-hander Aaron Laffey off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

    The move helps address a balance issue, with Laffey joining Boone Logan as the only two lefties in the bullpen.

    “He’s a guy that can give you some multiple innings, but he’s another left-hander for us,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s why we went and got him.”

    Laffey went 1-1 with a 4.01 ERA in 42 2-3 innings for the Mariners this season. Girardi said Laffey can be used as a situational guy or a long reliever, but that Logan will remain the primary lefty late in games.

    To make room for Laffey, the Yankees placed right-hander Freddy Garcia (finger) on the disabled list and designated catcher Gustavo Molina for assignment.

    Garcia threw a bullpen session Sunday and said he felt good. But Girardi said the move is a precaution because Garcia has not pitched in two weeks.

    “I don’t think Freddy really wanted to go on (the DL),” Girardi said. “I think Freddy wanted to pitch Sunday but we just thought it was the safer route.

    Don’t get it? This guy is so-so, average, against lefties and right-handed batters have their way with him. So, how does he help?

    Comments on Who’s Laffey Now?

    1. Raf
      August 19th, 2011 | 11:23 pm

      He’s a lefty with a pulse…

      I don’t see how he’ll be a big help, but it’s a low risk move that costs nothing. I think he’s under team control for a couple more years. As a 2nd lefty, I don’t see him getting important innings; Logan would get the call in the 5th-6th innings, Soriano in the 7th, Robertson the 8th, Mo the 9th. Come playoff time, these guys should go more than an inning.

      Personally, I’d rather see Soriano, Robertson or Mo get the ball in a tight spot.

    2. 77yankees
      August 20th, 2011 | 2:30 pm

      LOL, he just made up about 30 games in the standings, but I hope he enjoys it while it lasts. He’ll probably be DFA during that Oriole series if they need a roster move.

    3. Raf
      August 21st, 2011 | 11:21 am

      @ 77yankees:
      He still has options left, so if anything, he’d be sent down.

    4. Evan3457
      August 21st, 2011 | 1:17 pm

      Raf wrote:

      @ 77yankees:
      He still has options left, so if anything, he’d be sent down.

      He was last night’s sacrifical arm, and then got sent down so they could activate Alex.

      Decent use of a waiver claim.

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