The Yankees have announced that they’ve signed lefty Tommy Layne to a big-league contract. The signing will require a 25-man roster move, which has yet to be announced. Layne is represented by ACES.
The Red Sox designated Layne for assignment last week, then released him. The 31-year-old had a 3.77 ERA, 7.8 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9 in 28 2/3 innings with Boston this year, and was similarly effective last year, but as MLBTR’s Steve Adams pointed out when Layne was designated, Layne has not been as good this year against same-handed batters, allowing lefties to post a .355 on-base percentage against him. Still, Layne is a somewhat proven lefty reliever who, at the very least, gets his share of ground balls — in parts of five career seasons with the Padres and Red Sox, Layne has a 3.21 ERA, 8.6 K/9, 4.3 BB/9 and a strong 52.4% ground ball rate.
Layne will join a Yankees bullpen depleted by the losses of lefties Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. Richard Bleier (a minor league veteran) and Chasen Shreve (who can be optioned) are the lefty relievers currently on the team’s 25-man roster.