2. Signing Lucas Luetge
Remember in December when the Yankees signed Lucas Luetge to a minor-league deal? You honestly probably don’t!
You also probably didn’t think much of it after they had signed Justin Wilson, another lefty they added to the bullpen.
But Luetge had a lights out spring training and then Zack Britton went down with an elbow injury that required surgery. Wilson’s spring debut was delayed, further rolling out the red carpet for Luetge to make the Opening Day roster, and he did.
This past week, he picked up his first victory since 2013! The last time he appeared in the big leagues was 2015. It’s been an incredible ride for the veteran.
He’s not exactly blowing us away thus far, but he did come in to relieve Jordan Montgomery on Friday and got a huge strikeout vs Franmil Reyes with runners on the corners to end the inning in what ended up being a victory. Overall, he’s 1-0 with a 4.97 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 13 strikeouts across 12.2 innings.
At the very least, we can expect Luetge to help us get through the grueling regular season as a somewhat reliable bullpen arm. That unit’s largely been lights out all season, and he’s been a part of it, so he’ll deserve some credit. As for him making the postseason roster, it’s not entirely likely, but crazier things have certainly happened.