Cortes, who turns 25 in December, was Designated for Assignment last week. He was originally drafted by the Yankees in 2013, but was later taken by the Orioles in the Rule 5 Draft in 2017. Cortes made his debut with Baltimore in 2018, but was returned to the Yankees in April of that year
In 2019 across 33 games (one start), Cortes went 5-1 with a 5.67 ERA over 66.2 innings. At times he pitched well, but he faded down the stretch, posting a 7.71 ERA in August/September.