Ynoa – who turned 29 in September – spent last season in the Athletics organization, though he didn’t reach the majors then. It was the second stint with the A’s for Ynoa, a once-touted prospect whom they originally sent to the White Sox in 2014 in a trade that also involved Jeff Samardzija, Marcus Semien and Chris Bassitt, among others.
Ynoa debuted in the bigs with the White Sox in 2016 and pitched to a 4.42 ERA/4.73 FIP with 8.08 K/9 and 5.95 BB/9 across 59 innings through the next season. He hasn’t taken a major league mound since then. Ynoa spent some of 2019 with the Royals at Triple-A, where he has logged a 4.70 ERA and recorded 9.4 K/9 against 5.4 BB/9 over 53 2/3 frames.