Adam Warren was returned to the Cubs in the second half of 2016 when the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees, where he showed signs of turning things around during the final two months of the season. He took another step forward in 2017, posting a sub-3.00 ERA for the first time since 2014, while picking up 11 holds over 46 appearances as one of many quality arms in the Yankees' bullpen. Warren used his slider more than ever last season, throwing it 43.6 percent of the time while reducing the use of his fastball, curveball and changeup. That adjustment helped him deliver the highest strikeout rate of his career (24.2 percent K%), and combined with the lowest walk rate he's ever had (6.7 percent BB%), allowed him to return a career-best 0.87 WHIP. With one year of club control remaining before he reaches free agency, Warren will likely return as one of the Yankees' middle-relief options in 2018.
Warren agreed to a one-year, $3.315 million deal with the Yankees on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports. This was his last year as an arbitration-eligible player, as Warren is set to hit the open market following the 2018 season. He was a vital cog in the Yankees' bullpen during the 2017 campaign, posting a 2.35 ERA and 0.87 WHIP with 54 strikeouts in 57.1 innings. The 30-year-old should provide a decent amount of holds and strikeouts in a middle-relief role for this upcoming season.
Warren worked a perfect inning, striking out one in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays. Manager Joe Girardi indicated that he wanted to get Warren a couple of outings after the reliever returned from a back injury earlier in the week, but Sunday was the first appearance he made since the ailment. Despite only getting one tune-up, Warren figures to be available out of the bullpen for Tuesday's wild-card game against the Twins, serving as a both a long man and back-end high-leverage option.
The Yankees reinstated Warren (back) from the 10-day disabled list Friday. The official move comes after Thursday alerts that it was coming. For the small remainder of the regular season, Warren will regain a role in the middle innings, often in high-leverage spots, and there's a good chance he'll occupy a spot on the Bombers' postseason roster. After all, Warren boasts excellent numbers, spinning a 2.40 ERA with an 8.5 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 across 56.1 innings.
Warren (back) will return from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's series opener against the Blue Jays, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Warren was able to complete a successful simulated game Tuesday, and will be able to rejoin the bullpen after a nearly four-week long hiatus. The 30-year-old should slide right back into a middle relief role. He's silently compiled the best year of his career, sporting a 2.40 ERA and 0.89 WHIP over 56.1 innings.
Warren (back) threw a two-inning simulated game Tuesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Manager Joe Girardi liked what he saw from Warren on Tuesday, so he could be activated from the disabled list in the next day or two barring any abnormal soreness. The Yankees are hoping to get him into two games before the regular season comes to a close.