Yankees acquire RHP Colten Brewer from Rays for cash


When the Yankees' Opening Day roster was revealed with 14 position players and 12 pitchers, manager Aaron Boone said the team was working on a potential deal to add another pitcher before Saturday.

Shortly after they wrapped up a 5-0 win over the Giants, we found out what that move was: the Yankees have acquired RHP Colten Brewer from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations.

Brewer, 30, spent most of last year with the Royals organization, going 1-1 with one save and a 4.76 ERA in 39 2/3 innings at Triple-A Omaha before being released in August. He signed with the Rays as a minor league free agent with in December and had a strong spring - 4H, 1R/0ER, 3BB, 15K in 9 1/3 innings over eight outings - but wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster, so he used his opt out and ended up traded to New York.

Originally a fourth-round pick of the Pirates in 2011, Brewer has spent MLB time with the Padres (2018) and Red Sox (2019-21) and posted a 5.04 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 91 innings over 81 games.

This is his second stint in the Yankees organization, as they selected him in the minor-league portion of the Rule 5 Draft in 2016, and he posted a 2.82 ERA in 60 2/3 innings across three levels.

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