Niese is returning to the Yankees on a minor-league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released by the Yankees on Sunday, but as expected, the 30-year-old decided to return to the team with the knowledge that he'd be starting the year out in the minors. He'll likely serve as organizational depth at Triple-A.
Niese was released Sunday by the Yankees. Niese joined the Yankees as a non-roster invitee but was released after being notified he wasn't expected to make the Opening Day roster. Though he won't be on the big league roster, the team is open to him staying in the system as a minor league arm if he so chooses, per the New York Post's Joel Sherman.
Niese (knee) made his spring training debut Monday, tossing a scoreless inning in a 13-1 loss to the Pirates. Niese signed on with the Yankees in the middle of February, but he was still recovering from knee surgery he underwent last August to repair a torn meniscus, so getting into a live game suggests he's nearing a return to full health. Now that he's gotten some game action under his belt, the lefty will look to prove himself over the rest of spring training as he vies for a spot in New York's bullpen.
Niese (knee) will compete for a spot in the Yankees bullpen during spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Despite spending the vast majority of his career as a starter, the Yankees have multiple younger and higher-upside options for their rotation in 2017, which bumps Niese into a competition for a role as a long reliever. The left-hander got his first extended experience as a reliever last season, and given the relative inexperience of the others vying for a bullpen spot, the veteran has a decent chance to break camp with the major league squad.
Niese agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees on Sunday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. As long as Niese passes a physical, he'll head to Yankees spring training in the near future. At this point in time, the club is entertaining the idea of using him as a starter or a reliever, but a more definitive plan should come about once he begins working out with the team.
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