Yankees Claim Mickey Storey

According to this piece on MLBTradeRumors.com, Mickey Storey was claimed on waivers by the Yankees today. Presumably, the Astros were making room on their 40-man roster to protect their higher-tiered prospects from the Rule 5 Draft.

It’s too bad, because I thought Storey (30.1 IP, 10.1 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 3.86 ERA, 2.80 FIP in 2012) would be a really nice piece of the bullpen. But I suppose he wasn’t going to be a key piece of the team moving forward, as he will turn 27 in March and will likely be on the decline by the time the Astros are ready to compete.

I guess.

He also puts too many balls in the air (37.5%) for sustained success in Minute Maid Park, but only 5% of his fly balls turned into home runs in 2012, so it might not be such a giant concern.

Either way, I think this is a solid pickup for the Yankees.

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