An old friend will be returning to the Bronx, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the New York Yankees have signed pitcher Adam Warren to a minor-league contract.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com notes that the agreement is actually a two-year deal, given that Warren is coming off of Tommy John surgery in September.
Given the usual 18-month timetable for pitchers to return from that sort of reconstructive elbow surgery, it stands to reason that the August 28 opt-out Rosenthal referred to actually will come in the 2021 season.
Warren has always been a favorite of the Yankees organization, and his career statistics show he has flourished most when pitching for New York. He owns a stellar 3.18 ERA (3.61 FIP) in 407 innings as a Yankee, pitching as a spot starter or low-leverage reliever.
However, in 85⅓ innings as a non-Yankee (Cubs in 2016, Mariners in 2018 and Padres in 2019), Warren has a bloated 5.17 ERA (5.94 FIP).
Warren was drafted by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2009 draft, and made his big-league debut in 2012. His first full season with the team was 2013, where he made 34 appearances (two starts).
Warren was traded by the Yankees with utility infielder Brendan Ryan in the 2015 offseason to the Chicago Cubs for second baseman Starlin Castro. Warren lasted half a season with the Cubs, as he came back to the Bronx alongside Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford in the 2016 Aroldis Chapman trade.
The Yankees again traded Warren in 2018 ahead of the trade deadline. The team was looking to stay under the luxury tax threshold and wanted to dump his $3,315,000 salary. They sent him to Seattle for international signing bonus money. In the 2018-19 offseason, he agreed to a one-year deal with San Diego.
If all goes well, Warren will rehab to become a part of the Yankees bullpen in 2021. He will make $800,000 in the majors and can get an extra $100,000 in incentives for every five appearances over 30. The deal can max out at $1.5 million.