On May 15, Hale was designated for assignment, as the Yankees needed to create a roster space for Clint Frazier. The 30-year-old cleared waivers, and elected free agency in lieu of accepting an outright assignment to the minor leagues.
Hale elected free agency in hopes of finding an opportunity at the big league level with another club. However, Hale explored his options, and decided to re-sign with the Yankees organization.
After Saturday night’s victory over the Kansas City Royals, the Yankees announced that Hale agreed to a minor league contract. He will report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Prior to his big league call-up, Hale posted a 0-1 record with a 5.52 ERA in three starts for the RailRiders. The right-hander has made three big league appearances this season, splitting time between the Yankees and Minnesota Twins.
It’s not a surprise that the Yankees wanted to keep Hale in the organization. The right-hander could be a very valuable asset for them down the stretch, as he has shown the ability to pitch in multiple roles.
For the time being, Hale will likely serve as a starter in Triple-A. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Hale back in the Bronx if the Yankees are in need of a spot-starter or a long reliever.
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