Yankees Sign 10-Year Veteran After Impressive Numbers This Year

The New York Yankees have signed 10-year veteran left-hander Chasen Shreve to a minor league deal, bringing back a familiar face to bolster their bullpen. 

Shreve, who previously pitched for the Yankees from 2015 to 2018, recently opted out of his contract with the Texas Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock after an impressive stint where he maintained a WHIP of 0.761 over 22.1 innings in 20 games. 

The 33-year-old brings a wealth of experience to the organization, having debuted in the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves in 2014 and subsequently playing for several teams, including the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, and Cincinnati Reds.

During his initial tenure with the Yankees, Shreve posted a 3.92 ERA across 180 relief appearances before being traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018 in a deal that brought first baseman Luke Voit to New York. 

Last season, Shreve split his time between the Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds, appearing in 50 games and recording a 1.34 WHIP. His consistent performance, coupled with his familiarity with the Yankees organization, makes him a strategic addition as the team looks to strengthen its bullpen amidst injuries and inconsistent performances.

The Yankees have been actively seeking bullpen reinforcements in recent weeks, designating left-handers Victor Gonzalez and Clayton Andrews for assignment and bringing in left-handed sidearmer Tim Hill. 

While Shreve is expected to initially report to Triple-A, his impressive minor league performance suggests that a call-up to the majors could be imminent, providing the Yankees with much-needed stability and experience in their relief pitching staff.

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