The Atlanta Braves added more bullpen insurance Tuesday with the signing of former Mets' prospect Tyler Yates to a Triple-A contract.
Yates pitched in the big leagues with the Mets in 2004, posting a 6.36 ERA in 21 games (7 starts). He allowed 61 hits in 46.2 innings pitched, 25 walks, and 35 strikeouts.
He injured his shoulder and had rotator cuff surgery in February of 2005, forcing him to miss the entire 2005 season. The Orioles brought him to camp this spring and he pitched in two games with the big league club before going to Baltimore's minor league camp.
Yates was then assigned to AAA Ottawa, but he strained his left hamstring early in April and was placed on the Disabled List. The Orioles released him last week.
The 28-year-old Yates was originally drafted and signed by the A's out of the 1998 amateur draft out of the University of Hawaii-Hilo. Oakland then traded him to the Mets in the David Justice deal in 2001.
Yates will report to Extended Spring Training in Orlando and be there for a week before heading to Triple-A Richmond. This is the third time since the season started the Braves have signed a pitcher for AAA with big league experience. Earlier in the month the Braves signed former Brewer Wayne Franklin and former Ranger Ricardo Rodriguez.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. Email Bill at email@example.com.
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