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Yankees claim left-hander David Huff off waivers from the Indians

May 25, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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The Yankees announced this afternoon that they have claimed left-hander David Huff off waivers from the Indians. Huff was designated for assignment by Cleveland earlier this week when fellow left-hander Scott Barnes was added to the active roster.

Huff, a supplemental first-round pick of the Indians in 2006, owns a 5.40 ERA over 52 starts and six relief appearances in the majors. The 28-year-old has allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk over three innings at the big league level this year.

Huff is out of minor league options, which means that the Yankees will either have to add him to the 25-man roster or expose him to waivers. It’s unlikely that he’ll get a chance to start in New York and lefty batters have knocked him around to the tune of a .902 OPS for his career, so he’s not an ideal left-handed specialist, either.

In order to clear a spot for Huff on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated left-hander Francisco Rondon for assignment. The 25-year-old owns a 7.46 ERA in six starts and six relief appearances at the Triple-A level this year.

  1. giantssb42champs - May 25, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    This team is barely recognizable. I expect rich McKinney and Mickey Klutts in the lineup soon.

  2. rbj1 - May 25, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Looks like that Onion article about the Yankees buying every player in baseball is about to come true.

  3. pisano - May 26, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    I can’t figure why they want this guy, but I’ve learned not to question Cashman’s moves, it seems most of the time he see’s things in players that others don’t. We’ll find out soon enough.

  4. randygnyc - May 26, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Don’t laugh, before seasons end he just might be in the running for the CY award.

    • henryd3rd - May 26, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      In the past when guys put on those pinstripes a strange transformation comes about, i.e. Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez, Freddie Garcia, Lyle Overbay, Bartolo Colon and etc. So let’s just wait and see how he performs in the event he gets to play in that uniform.

      Then there always the opposite side of that coin. Doyle Alexander and AJ Burnett come to mind.

  5. 13arod - May 26, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    blue jays do the same thing

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