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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

The Yankees Were Brilliant With The Cody Poteet Signing

Why is Brian Cashman in love with pitchers who have had Tommy John surgery?

On Thursday, the New York Yankees signed Cody Poteet to a 1-year/$750K contract, marking New York’s first Major League signing of the offseason.

Cody Poteet racked up 58.2 innings with the Marlins from 2021-2022, posting a 4.45 ERA and a 2-4 record. It is worthy to note though that Poteet went from a 4.99 ERA in 2021 to producing a 3.86 ERA in 2022 with just a 2.2 inning difference. 

Poteet had Tommy John surgery in August of 2022, and spent the majority of 2023 recovering. The righty threw two scoreless innings with Kansas City’s Triple-AAA affiliate in his one and only appearance of 2023.

The 29-year-old is far away from the end of his prime and we have seen what Matt Blake could do with pitchers. If Poteet could be a sub 3.30 ERA as the Yanks’ setup man or being a long relief pitcher, then the $750K signing would be the cherry on top to a powerful season.

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