The big news of this week was obviously Gerrit Cole, but it looks like GM Brian Cashman made another move as well.
Per Ken Rosenthal, Adam Warren will be returning to the Yankees on a minor league deal.
Tweet from Rosenthal :
Free-agent right-hander Adam Warren to #Yankees on minor-league deal, source tells The Athletic. Salary of $800K in majors plus $100K each for 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 appearances. If not on 26-man roster on Aug. 28, may be released for spot on another club’s 26-man roster.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 16, 2019
“Free Agent right-hander Adam Warren to #Yankees on minor-league deal, source tells the Athletic. Salary of $800k in majors plus $100K each for 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 appearances. If not on 26-man roster on Aug. 28, may be released for spot on another club’s 26- man roster.”
There is a lot to unpack here, but essentially this is a zero risk minor league deal for our old buddy Warren. Cashman is acquiring him for the third time, so it’s safe to say he likes him. The contract is incentive-laden and the Yankees can terminate the agreement on Aug. 28 if they choose.
Warren pitched for the Yankees from 2012 through 2018 with some stops in a few other cities (Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres) as well. In 2018, Warren pitched to a 2.70 ERA in 30 innings for the Yankees. Warren provides a depth option for Aaron Boone in camp, and he will compete for a major league spot.
Warren, 32, struggled in San Diego last year, sporting a 5.34 ERA across 28 innings.
The Padres declined a $2 million option on Warren and he received a $500K buyout. Warren underwent Tommy John surgery in Sept.
Given that aspect, according to Mark Feinsand, the contract comes out to a two-year-deal, enabling Warren to rehab in 2020, with the club maintaining his rights in 2021.
As has been reported, Adam Warren did indeed have Tommy John surgery in September, so he's unlikely to pitch in 2020. His minor-league deal with the Yankees is actually a two-year deal, per source, so he'll rehab in 2020 and the Yankees will still control his rights for 2021.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) December 16, 2019
Assuming he makes the roster eventually, Warren would join Bob Cerv, Rick Cerone and Luis Polonia among Yankees with three stints in pinstripes.