In an attempt to add more depth to their pitching rotation for spring training, the New York Yankees have reached an agreement with right-handed pitcher Kyle Davies on a minor-league deal, which includes an invitation to spring training. The deal was announced earlier today by the Yankees, but was first reported by Sweeny Murti of WFAN a couple of hours before.
The 31-year-old right-hander pitched in the Cleveland Indians’ minor-league system during the 2014 campaign, pitching to a 11-9 record, along with s 3.91 ERA in 26 starts between the Indians’ Double-A affiliate at Akron and Triple-A affiliate at Columbus.
Davies has not pitched in the major leagues since the 2011 season. During the 2011 campaign with the Kansas City Royals, he managed to have a 1-9 record, along with a 6.75 ERA in eleven starts. A shoulder injury caused him to have to miss the entire 2012 campaign, as he has been stuck in the minor leagues over the past two seasons with the Minnesota Twins’ and Cleveland Indians’ organizations.
Over his seven-year big league career, Davies has pitched for the Atlanta Braves (2005-07) and the Kansas City Royals (2007-11), with his best season coming back in 2008 with the Royals, where he had a 9-7 record, along with a 4.06 ERA over 21 starts. He has a career record of 43-69, along with a 5.59 ERA in 151 games pitched (144 starts). Davies is also infamously known for giving up the 500th career home run to new teammate Alex Rodriguez back on August 4th, 2007, while he was he was a member of the Royals.