Yankees Claim Former 1st-Round Pick Starting Pitcher Off Waivers

The New York Yankees have made a strategic move by claiming right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

Weaver's tumultuous 2023 season saw him start with the Cincinnati Reds, where he struggled in a starting role, ultimately leading to his release.

The Mariners took a chance on him, but his performance remained subpar, resulting in his designation for assignment.

Despite his recent challenges, the Yankees opted to acquire Weaver, primarily due to the Reds covering most of his remaining contract, making it a low-risk acquisition.

Weaver's career has shown flashes of potential, and the Yankees are banking on him providing a much-needed boost to their pitching staff, particularly as they contend with multiple injuries plaguing their roster.

With Weaver set to become a free agent at the end of the season, this move offers him an opportunity for redemption, hoping to finish the year on a stronger note with the Yankees.

It remains to be seen whether Weaver can rediscover his form and make a meaningful contribution to the team in the latter part of the season.

Weaver's career statistics include a 5.18 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 555 strikeouts in 561 innings pitched, and 141 appearances. Photo Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports