Minor-league veteran catcher Ryan Lavarnway was released from his contract with the Yankees on Thursday morning. He was immediately signed to a MLB deal by the Cincinnati Reds.
It’s unclear if Lavarnway had a clause in his contract that required the Yankees to release him should there be MLB interest from another club. I only write that because Lavarnway spent an astoundingly short period of time on the market.
The 31-year-old, who’s got 146 games in the big leagues across seven seasons under his belt, hit .213/.333/.315 (73 wRC+) in 35 games for the RailRiders.
Lavarnway became redundant in the Yankees organization with Kyle Higashioka and Erik Kratz splitting time behind the dish in Triple-A. The Reds placed catcher Curt Casali and sometimes catcher Kyle Farmer on the injured list today and needed a backup behind Juan Graterol. The usual Reds catcher, Tucker Barnhart, has been out since June 28 with a right oblique strain.
The Yankees filled Lavarnway’s roster spot with veteran lefty Dan Jennings, who had been signed earlier this month and debuted with High-A Tampa.