David Huff has been claimed off of waivers by the New York Yankees, according to a release by the team. Francisco Rondon was designated for assignment in a corresponding move to create room on the 40-man roster. It remains to be seen where the team will make room for Huff on the 25-man roster. Huff is out of options so he would need to clear waivers before the team could send him down to Triple-A.
Huff has spent his entire career in the Cleveland Indians organization since being taken 39th overall in the 2006 Draft. Joel Sherman of the NY Post points out that New York had interest in drafting Huff before Cleveland selected him. The Yankees picked two spots later, taking Joba Chamberlain.
He’s made 58 appearances, including 52 starts, over the past five seasons posting an 18-26 mark and 5.40 ERA over 288.1 IP, adding 5.1 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9. His career numbers in the minor leagues have been better, a 47-21 record and 3.77 ERA across 596.2 IP with 6.9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9. This season he’s seen minimal action, appearing in just three games out of the bullpen for the Indians. Cleveland designated him for assignment a few days ago in order to make room for Scott Barnes.
Rondon has posted unimpressive numbers in the minor leagues for New York and has yet to reach the Major Leagues in his career. This year with Double-A he’s 2-3 with a 7.46 ERA in 35.0 IP, adding 6.9 K/9 and 6.4 BB/9. He’d been added to the team’s 40-man roster this past winter to avoid exposing him to the Rule 5 Draft.