TODAY: As it turns out, Hale was re-signed by the Yankees shortly after he was released. He was initially let go in order to rework the specifics of his minors contract, and to incorporate a new opt-out date into the deal. The new pact has a deadline set for five days prior to the beginning of the season, whenever that may be.
Hale signed yet another minor-league deal with the Yankees over the offseason. He has gone through numerous procedural moves with the club while moving onto and off of the active and 40-man rosters.
Last season was a productive one for the 32-year-old. He threw 37 2/3 innings over twenty appearances in the bigs, working to a 3.11 ERA with 23 strikeouts against seven walks along with a 50% groundball rate. That represented Hale’s most extensive MLB action since 2015.