Bronx, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Yankees address their issues with lefties after acquiring pitcher Josh Putman from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named or cash considerations.
Outman opened the season with the Indians but was assigned to Triple-A Columbus.
The Yankees have been struggling with left-handed batters all season with pitchers David Huff and Matt Thornton combining for a .274 opponents’ average against them.
Meanwhile, Outman, who will be part of the roster had a .188 average in his six-year stint in the big leagues.
Outman played 31 games for Cleveland and went for 4-0 with a 3.28 ERA in 24 2/3 innings.
The 29-year-old also had 24 strikeouts, 16 walks and a 1.54 ERA with the Indians.
Outman performed better against left-handed batters while playing with the Indians having a .180 opponents’ average.
In his stay in Columbus, he had a 4.43 ERA playing in 23 games, again displaying a very good record with left-handed batters having a .189 average.
Outman who played for the A’s, Rockies and the Indians in a total of 152 games had averaged a 4.49 ERA.