The Yankees have outrighted righty Jake Barrett and lefty Tyler Lyons, per the club. Lyons has rejected the assignment in favor of free agency.
Barrett, 28, will evidently remain with the New York organization for the time being. He only made two MLB appearances after being claimed but showed quite a bit of promise in 15 1/3 Triple-A innings. He has had little trouble dominating batters in the upper minors in recent years, but hasn’t consistently recorded outs in the bigs and spent much of the 2019 campaign on ice owing to elbow issues.
As for Lyons, he did compile an eyebrow-raising 12:2 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings in New York. He also coughed up three long balls in that sample and has generally struggled in limited opportunities over the past two seasons.
Lyons, 31, had projected to earn $800K in arbitration. Trimming him from the roster will knock out that potential payout. But the Yankees decided not to move first baseman Greg Bird off of the 40-man today. He projects to earn $1.3MM after another forgettable campaign. Whether or not he’ll be tendered — and, if so, remain with the Yanks — remains to be seen, but is still an open possibility.