It seems that the New York Yankees are making a push towards the future. Over the last few months, they have gotten rid of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann through trades. You can now add two more to that list that the Yankees have released today. It was reported today that the Yankees had designated Nathan Eovaldi, Dustin Ackley, and others for assignment. In case you don’t know what that means, it means that they released them.
First, let’s talk about Nathan Eovaldi.
In his two seasons of being in the Bronx, he ended up having a record of 23-11 and an ERA of 4.45. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody as he won’t be pitching in 2017 after it was announced that Nathan would be having Tommy John surgery. If he can make a comeback, we won’t be seeing him until at the earliest of the 2018 season. It won’t be wrong not to see him as he will be 28 by the 2018 season, so he still could have a few good seasons.
What will be interesting to see from the Yankees is who they have to replace him in the rotation, but with the amount of players who the Yankees are getting rid of, they could make a run at some of the low-level free agents like a Jason Hammel.
The other notable name who the Yankees got rid of today was Dustin Ackley. Just like Nathan Evoldi, Dustin was with the Yankees for two seasons after playing with the Mariners for a few seasons. He ended up becoming a utility player and was a backup for several positions. However, one thing I would like to mention is that the number of games that he played went down drastically as he played 143 games in 2014 to only 28 games in 2016.
Overall, these releases don’t come as a surprise as both of these players had a lot of injuries and it was a matter of time before this was going to happen. It is still early in the offseason, but it will get interesting to see how it all plays out for the Yankees as this offseason goes on.