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Yankees Trade LHP Bleier To Baltimore Orioles

Earlier today the New York Yankees announced that they had traded left-handed pitcher Richard Bleier to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Bleier, 29, was a former sixth-round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in the 2008 draft and spent eight years in the minors before making his major-league debut last season with the Yankees.  He joined the Yankees last offseason as a minor league free agent.

His first six seasons as a professional were with the Rangers organization, but in December 2013 he was selected by the Washington Nationals in the Triple-A phase of the Rule-5 draft.  After two seasons with the Nationals, he elected free agency.

Bleier owns a career 55-57 record in the minors with a 4.02 ERA over 241 games, 123 starts, and 507 strikeouts over 925 1/3 innings.  Last season he was 2-3 with a 3.72 ERA for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders working mostly as a starting pitcher.  He went on to make his major league debut on May 30, 2016, and in 23 games out of the bullpen for the Yankees he owned a 1.96 ERA.

The announcement comes after the Yankees officially signed former New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese to a minor-league contract.


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