Layne signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers on Wednesday. After being cut by the Yankees on July 5, the southpaw reliever will now attempt to make his way back to the majors through the Dodgers' organization. In 13.0 innings with New York this season, Layne gave up 11 runs on 16 hits with nine strikeouts before being outrighted to Triple-A in the middle of June.
The Yankees released Layne on Wednesday, Conor Foley of The Scranton Times-Tribune reports. The Yankees designated Layne for assignment in June, with the lefty reporting to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after being outrighted off the 40-man roster. He made five appearances with the minor-league squad, but with a return to the big club not imminent, Layne will attempt to pursue an opportunity elsewhere. As a left-handed reliever who has previously enjoyed success on some level in the big leagues, Layne shouldn't have much trouble landing a contract.
Layne was outrighted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. The southpaw was designated for assignment Saturday, and it seems he didn't garner any interest while he was exposed to waivers after serving up 11 earned runs in 13 innings out of the Yankees' bullpen. Layne has the looks of an organizational depth piece after this development.
Layne was designated for assignment by the Yankees following Saturday's game. The Yankees decided to swap out Layne for Domingo German, who can provide more length out of the bullpen in relief of Chad Green on Sunday. Layne struggled in a specialist's role, allowing an .832 OPS to same-handed hitters, with nine strikeouts to eight walks in total.
Layne has a 3.86 ERA, two strikeouts and a hold through four appearances so far this season. The Yankees have only played seven games thus far, so it appears they plan on calling Layne's number frequently. He's only pitched 2.1 innings in those four appearances though, and each time he came in with a left-handed hitter due up first. While he's capable of getting out righties as well, it seems as though he'll mostly be deployed as a lefty specialist, thereby limiting much of his fantasy value to his ability to rack up holds.
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