Last Updated on November 2, 2023 at 10:19 pm by Esteban Quiñones
The New York Yankees have made a significant move that could mark the end of several players’ stints in pinstripes. According to a report by The New York Post, the Yankees have decided to place six players on outright waivers. These players, who were all arbitration eligible, now face the possibility of being claimed by other teams or choosing to enter free agency. The notable names on this list include Domingo German, Franchy Cordero, Billy McKinney, Matt Bowman, Jimmy Cordero, and Ryan Weber.
Domingo German’s future
Domingo German‘s situation is perhaps the most prominent among the group. Despite being initially projected as a backend-of-the-rotation pitcher for the 2023 season, unforeseen circumstances forced the Yankees to rely on him more extensively.
The injuries to Carlos Rodon and Nestor Cortes led to Domingo German taking on a more substantial role in the team’s pitching rotation. Notably, the 31-year-old right-hander had a promising start to the season, culminating in a remarkable achievement – a perfect game against the Oakland Athletics in late June. However, his season took a significant turn when he was placed on the restricted list following a disruptive incident in the clubhouse, fueled by alcohol-induced outbursts, during August.
This unfortunate event led to Domingo German’s absence from the mound for the remainder of the season. His final statistics for the year included a 4.56 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Throughout his six-year tenure with the Yankees, German compiled a record of 31 wins and 28 losses, with a career ERA of 4.41.
The challenges faced by other players
Franchy Cordero, another player now on outright waivers, had displayed potential with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP early in the season. However, his journey was marred by suspension in early July for violating the MLB’s domestic violence policy.
Ryan Weber faced his own share of challenges, as he was also a candidate for outright waivers due to a forearm strain that ended his season prematurely in June. Despite this setback, Weber managed to post a respectable 3.14 ERA and held opponents to a .298 batting average in eight appearances during the 2023 season.
Billy McKinney, who had played a crucial role when the Yankees’ outfield was plagued by injuries, saw his playing time reduced as Aaron Judge returned and promising prospects like Jasson Dominguez and Everson Pereira were promoted. McKinney’s season statistics included a .227 batting average, a .320 on-base percentage, and a .406 slugging percentage. He hit six home runs and drove in 14 runs in 48 games.
Franchy Cordero’s 2023 season began with a bang, as he hit four home runs in his first seven games. However, his performance couldn’t maintain this impressive start, and he faced demotion and recalls throughout the year. His final numbers for the season showed a .188 batting average, a .211 on-base percentage, and a .689 slugging percentage. Cordero hit six home runs and tallied 13 RBIs in 24 games played.
In the case of Matt Bowman, he had the fewest appearances among the players put on outright waivers, with only three games under his belt. During this time, the right-handed pitcher managed to strike out three batters over four innings but also allowed four earned runs.
These roster moves reflect the Yankees’ efforts to make necessary adjustments and potentially revamp their lineup as they aim to remain competitive in the upcoming seasons. The fate of these players, especially Domingo German, has raised questions among the team’s fans who will always remember his perfect game in 2023 but now await the next chapter in his baseball career, likely outside of the pinstripes.
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