The Yankees have agreed to sign right-handed pitchers Danny Farquhar and David Hale to minor league contracts. The Yankees deal with former White Sox pitcher, Farquhar comes from Jon Heyman. Farquhar had his 2018 season cut short after suffering a brain hemorrhage in the teams’ dugout on April 20th last season.
Wonderful story: Danny Farquhar is signing a minors deal with Yankees. Farquhar has recovered from life threatening brain hemorrhage suffered early last season while with the White Sox. Great response saved him. Now he is ready to go.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 21, 2019
Farquhar has worked hard to make his way back after collapsing in the dugout, and the Yankees are giving him a chance to do so. Despite the accident last season, Danny Farquhar has been an effective reliever since he debuted in the majors in 2011. He boasts a career 3.93 ERA in 253 appearances.
After suffering from the hemorrhage, Farquhar essentially worked his way back into pitching shape and even threw out the first pitch for a White Sox home game.
This is a very low-risk move for the Yankees, adding major league pitching depth to the minor league roster. His signing helps cover the Yankees in case of injury at the major league level — and will likely compete for a job during spring training.
The Yankees keep adding to their list of arms in the bullpen. After re-signing Zach Britton, the Yankees also went out and signed Adam Ottavino. The addition of Farquhar may come off as insignificant at first, but he has pitched very well throughout his career.
His best season was back in 2014 for the Mariners when he posted a 2.66 ERA over 71 innings pitched. He appeared in just eight games last season before the hemorrhage and posted a 5.63 ERA.
Farquhar has logged over 270 big league innings throughout his career and brings a good amount of experience to the Yankees bullpen. Adding proven big league talent to the roster helps to protect the Yankees from succumbing to injuries, and the signing of Farquhar does just that.
Farquhar is entering his age-32 season and is going to be one of the biggest stories heading into spring training.
The Yankees have also brought back RHP David Hale on a minor-league deal. Hale pitched for the Yankees last season before being released and signing with the Hanwha Eagles in the Korean Baseball Organization.
During his time in the KBO, Hale posted a 4.34 ERA in 12 starts. Hale is 31-years-old and will likely be assigned to the Railriders and serve as more starting pitching depth — alongside Jonathan Loisiga, Luis Cessa, and Domingo German.