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Claiborne Loses Roster Spot to Germen

The Yankees’ first trade with the Mets since Dec, 3, 2004, cost Yankees right-handed reliever Preston Claiborne his roster spot.

Claiborne, 26, was DFA to make room for right-hander Gonzalez Germen, 27. Germen has made 54 relief appearances with the Mets over the past two seasons. In 64.2 innings, he has allowed 31 earned runs and has 1-2 mark with a 4.31 ERA.

Taken in the 17th round of the 2010 draft, Claiborne was 3-2, 3.79 with the Yankees over the last two seasons after coming up through the system. The Dallas native was a major part of the Yankees bullpen in 2013, going 0-2, 4.11 in 44  appearances. He contributed a 3-0, 3.00 mark in 18 appearances last season. His overall numbers with the Yankees were made in 62 appearances, 21 games finished, 71.1 innings pitched, 75 hits, 30 earned runs, eight home runs, 24 walks and 58 strikeouts.

Claiborne’s best season in the Yankees system came in 2012, when he compiled a 6-2, 2.96 record in 50 appearances between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was an exceptional 2-2, 2.22 with five saves in 30 appearances for Trenton. He then made his Yankees debut the next season.

That Yankees trade with the Mets just over 10 years ago featured left-hander Mike Stanton going to The Bronx and left-hander Felix Heredia heading to Queens.

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Have covered the Yankees and their system for over 20 years. I enjoy writing about future Yankees and where a prospect stands in the system. One rule: I only analyze and comment on prospects I have seen play and have talked to.

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