The Yankees will be taking part in one of the more inspiring comeback stories of the 2019 season, as Fancred‘s Jon Heyman reports the Yankees will sign reliever Danny Farquhar to a minor-league deal. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports the deal includes an invitation to MLB Spring Training.
Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage on April 20, 2018, which was the result of a burst brain aneurysm. He was rushed to the neurosurgical ICU unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He was later stabilized, but ruled out for the rest of the 2018 season.
The righty had only made eight appearances in 2018, allowing five earned runs in eight innings. He has a career 3.93 ERA (3.60 FIP) in 253 relief appearances over his seven-year career.
He already has one stint with the Yankees on his résumé, spending 27 days in the minors after a waiver claim in 2012. He made six appearances for Double-A Trenton and one for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre without allowing a run. On July 23, 2012, he was packaged with fellow right-hander D.J. Mitchell and sent to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.
The 32-year-old will come into camp competing for a long relief role in the front of the bullpen, but could also provide valuable innings as a veteran for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In a perfect world, Farquhar’s stuff is still strong and he could fill the Adam Warren role coming out of camp.