It’s been two weeks since we first heard that the Yankees had signed Darren O’Day. Now, the move is official. To make room for O’Day on the 40-man roster, the team designated Ben Heller for assignment. He seemed like the odd man out to me, so this isn’t a big surprise.
The Yankees now have seven days to either trade Heller or place him on irrevocable waivers. I anticipate the team working out a minor trade rather than losing Heller on the waiver wire, though there’s always an outside chance that he sneaks through. After all, the oft-injured righty has pitched in just 31 big league games since 2016.
Heller was one of the four pieces to come over from Cleveland (along with Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, and JP Feyereisen) in the Andrew Miller trade. He had some promise as a late inning reliever, but simply hasn’t been able to put things together over an extended stretch due to injuries. Perhaps a change of scenery (but more so better health) will do him some good.