Yankees claiming lefty reliever with brutal 2023 numbers seems unhelpful

It seems any other Triple-A arm would be just as effective as this man.

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On a day where the Yankees promoted Deivi Garcia and his 4.93 Triple-A ERA just because he's on the 40-man and they need pitching depth behind Luis Severino/Carlos Rodón, the team made a corresponding play for the minor-league roster.

Unfortunately, this addition seems beyond the realm of saving, and is more likely to take up Triple-A space that could be used by a Double-A arm rather than provide anything fruitful.

The Yankees took a shot on left-hander Anthony Misiewicz on Thursday and sent him directly to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Misiewicz is fresh off big-league stints with both the Diamondbacks and Tigers, and the only record he set in Detroit was an attempt at "Highest ERA All-Time," finishing his Tiger tenure with an 81.00 mark in one-third of an inning.

The Yankees are hoping the 28-year-old Misiewicz, a former Michigan State Spartan, was just overwhelmed by returning to his collegiate stomping grounds. Unfortunately, his pair of big-league looks this year don't provide much optimism.

Yankees sign reliever Anthony Misiewicz

The left-hander whiffed 14 men in 12.2 innings at Triple-A Reno this season. Last year, he posted a 3.79 ERA in 19 total Triple-A innings. His most recent "full" season was 2019, when he was a Mariners starting pitching prospect, chucking 131.1 innings of 4.59 ERA ball and flatlining in the PCL (5.36 mark in 95.2 innings at the level).

Couldn't ... replicate this internally by promoting someone from Double-A to Triple-A? You can never have too much pitching, and there's no such thing as a bad waiver claim, but ... buttttt ... this is less than inspiring.

Garcia very well could get DFA'd after soaking up serious innings this week. It's been a long time coming. 40-man roster spots are valuable. When, not if, he loses those protections, though, the Yankees should have five to 10 pitchers in line ahead of Misiewicz. The newly imported lefty should even be losing the battle for innings at Triple-A to the Yankees' internal options. Nothing to lose here, but very little to gain. Wheeling for the sake of dealing. Go Yankees?

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