The Yankees will be bringing in a familiar face for pitching depth, as reports indicate they have signed right-hander David Hale to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
Hale signed a similar pact with the Bombers in late-January 2018, and wound up making three long-relief appearances for New York. In 10⅔ innings, the 31-year-old posted a 2.53 ERA (5.04 FIP) in only low-leverage work.
He was designated for assignment in April, was claimed on waivers by the Minnesota Twins, made one appearance for them, was designated for assignment by Minnesota and signed another minor-league contract with the Yankees after electing free agency.
The Yankees continued to play the DFA game with Hale when he was sent outright to Triple-A on May 18 but exercised his right to free agency instead. The next day, he signed a new minor league contract, which presumably paid him more. When the Yankees designated him for assignment for the third time on July 7, he elected free agency and decided this time that he would sign with a team in the Korea Baseball Organization.
Hale made 12 starts for the Hanwha Eagles, garnering a 3-4 record and 4.34 ERA in 66⅓ innings pitched.