Yankees sign ex-Blue Jays left-handed reliever Tim Mayza

The New York Yankees have signed left-handed reliever Tim Mayza to a minor-league deal, sources tell The Athletic’s Katie Woo and Brendan Kuty.

The Toronto Blue Jays had designated the 32-year-old for assignment on June 29. He cleared waivers and the team released him July 5.

Mayza had a 8.03 ERA in 24 2/3 innings this season, and the average velocity on his sinker has steadily dropped from 2021 (94 mph) to now (91.9 mph).

He’s not far removed from being dominant, however. In 2023, he had a 1.52 ERA in 69 appearances, striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings and walking 2.5. This season, he’s fanned just 5.8 batters per nine frames while walking 4.4.

The Yankees figure to keep Mayza in the mix at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre until there’s a need for him in the majors, where they are working to try to find the right mix. Their bullpen has been hammered with injuries, with Ian Hamilton, Jonathan Loáisiga and Nick Burdi each landing on the injured list. The team hopes righty Scott Effross (Tommy John surgery) could return sometime after the All-Star break. The Yankees are ninth in reliever ERA at 3.64.

Toronto designated Mayza for assignment right after he gave up five earned runs on five hits while getting no outs against the Yankees in Toronto.

The move comes as the Yankees have lost 17 of their last 23 games and sit three games back of the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the American League East. On Tuesday, general manager Brian Cashman flew to Florida to be with the team as it struggles. Owner Hal Steinbrenner also attended Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

(Top photo of Tim Mayza: Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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