Eovaldi, 26, underwent season-ending surgery in August to repair a torn flexor tendon and partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament. He’s slated to miss all of 2017 and at least part of 2018, so the Yankees didn’t want to waste a roster spot on him. However, they may look to bring him back on a lesser, incentive-laden deal.
He pitched to a 4.76 ERA in 124.2 innings in 2016, taking a huge step back after his fairly successful 2015 season (14-3, 4.20 ERA in 154 innings in 27 starts). He was acquired from the Marlins along with RHP Domingo German in exchange for infielder Martin Prado and RHP David Phelps after the 2014 season.
The 25-year-old Rumbelow was the Yankees’ seventh round pick in the 2013 draft and quickly moved through the system, making his Major League debut in 2015. He underwent Tommy John Surgery in April after making one appearance in Triple-A.
Mantiply, also 25, was claimed off waivers from the Tigers in November. The lefty reliever has just 2.2 big league innings under his belt.
Today the @yankees unconditionally released RHP Nathan Eovaldi, LHP Joe Mantiply and RHP Nick Rumbelow. All were previously DFAed on 11/18.