The Yankees have added another pitcher to their roster, claiming righty Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels. To make room for Bridwell on the 40-man roster, fan-favorite Ronald Torreyes was designated for assignment.
Bridwell was a ninth-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles out of Hereford HS in Texas, and went to the Angels in an April 2017 cash trade. In his one full season in 2017, Bridwell owned a 10-3 record and 3.64 ERA (4.84 FIP) in 21 games (20 starts). He was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake as the 2018 season opened, and was called up for a few days in April. He spent about a month on the Triple-A disabled list, was active for about another month and then was out for the rest of the year with an elbow injury. The Angels had designated him for assignment November 20 as they cleared their 40-man roster. In 2018, Bridwell made five appearances (6⅔ IP) and allowed 13 earned runs, which was good for a 17.55 ERA (12.91 FIP). For Triple-A Salt Lake, he made six starts and allowed 27 runs in 28 innings (8.68 ERA).
Torreyes became a fan-favorite in the Bronx because of his high energy, aggressive hitting style and ability to produce off the bench. Fans enjoyed his high batting average, despite the majority of his hits being singles. Over his three seasons in New York, he hit .281/.308/.374 (80 wRC+) with four home runs and 55 RBIs. The Yankees have seven days to trade or release Torreyes, or he can be sent outright to the minor leagues and off the 40-man roster should he go unclaimed on outright waivers.