Yankees poach Red Sox pitcher, build their bullpen depth

Ex-Red Sox pitcher Tyler Danish signs with the Yankees.

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The Yankees are rumored to be getting a member of the Red Sox’s bullpen for the 2022 season. They want to add more depth to their bullpen. Jon Heyman of the New York Post says that Tyler Danish is going to sign with the Yankees.

According to Heyman, the Yankees have agreed to sign Tyler Danish for a minor-league deal. Danish played for the Red Sox last season. His Yankees’ deal includes an invitation to spring training for potential major league consideration.

Tyler Danish, who is 28 years old, was relieved in 32 games for the Red Sox last season. He had a 5.13 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The White Sox picked him in the second round of the 2013 draft and the pitcher started his professional baseball career with them. Through September 21, the right-handed pitcher had a much better 3.96 ERA and a .232 average against. Unfortunately, Danish’s 2022 ERA went up by more than a run because of the seven earned runs he gave up in his last two starts of the season.

Jack Curry of the YES Network had earlier informed that James Norwood, another Boston pitcher, had signed with the Yankees. The 28-year-old was traded to the Red Sox on June 18 by the Philadelphia Phillies, where he had spent all of 2022. But he became a free agent and signed with the Yankees on December 13.

After a few days on the active roster for the Red Sox, Norwood was put on waivers and sent to Triple-A Worcester, where he spent the rest of the season going 0-1 with a 4.87 ERA, 24 strikeouts to 11 walks, and a .247 batting average against in 20 1/3 innings.

For years, the Red Sox have been targeting and signing pitchers from the Yankees’ bullpen. Adam Ottavino, Garrett Whitlock, Franklin German, and Kaleb Ort are some examples. However, the Bronx Bombers were somehow hesitant to raid Boston. But now the trend is reversing and New York is fighting back. Tyler Danish isn’t someone the Red Sox should be upset about losing, especially after Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, and Nathan Eovaldi left. However, he was a good depth player who will now be helping their biggest rival.

Even though it would be unusual for Tyler Danish to be on the Yankees’ Opening Day roster, it wouldn’t be surprising if he found a role later on.

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