Yankees sign Esmil Rogers to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

The New York Yankees have signed right-handed pitcher Esmil Rogers to a one-year, $750,000 deal, avoiding arbitration, as the deal can reach $1.48 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Ben Nicholson-Smith first reported that the Yankees and Rogers had reached a pre-deadline deal.

Esmil Rogers, 29, would of made close to $1.9 million if he had gone to arbitration, but as Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News pointed out, it was not certain if he or fellow left-handed reliever David Huff would get tendered.

Rogers was originally claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays earlier this summer, after going 5-9 with a 5.06 ERA in 158.1 inning pitched over 60 games (20 starts) in a span of less than two seasons with the ball club. He was signed out of the Dominican Republic as an amateur free-agent back in 2003 by the Colorado Rockies.

He pitched for the Rockies from 2009-2012, going 8-11 with a 6.77 ERA in 184.2 innings pitched over 70 games (22 starts), before being shipped off to the Cleveland Indians.

For the Indians, Rogers pitched to a 3-1 record, along with a 3.06 ERA in 53 innings pitched over 44 games out of the pen. In November of 2012, Rogers was traded from the Indians to the Blue Jays in exchange for infielder Mike Aviles and catcher Yan Gomes.

In 18 games pitched last season for the Yankees, Rogers had a 2-0 record, along with a 4.68 ERA in 25 innings pitched over 18 games (1 start). Between both the Blue Jays and the Yankees, he posted a 2-0 record with a 5.72 ERA in 45.2 innings pitched over 34 games (1 start coming with New York).

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