Which former New York Yankees will play overseas in 2022?


Some former Yankees started their careers overseas this winter, signing with Japanese and Korean teams, while the MLB lockdown continues.

The youngest was Iván Nova, who last played for the Yankees in 2016. The right-hander will serve for the Korean Baseball Organization‘s SSG Landers after signing a one-year deal that could earn him $ 1 million in incentives. Yonhap News’ Jeeho Yoo reported the deal on December 20.

Nova, 34, made his Yankees debut in 2010 before being named Rookie of the Year in 2011 with 16 wins. Injuries and inconsistencies plagued the rest of his New York career, however, and he was traded to the Pirates during the 2016 season. Nova stayed in Pittsburgh during the 2018 season and played for the White Sox and Tigers for the next two years. Nova signed minor league deals with the Phillies and Rockies in 2021 but didn’t pitch in the majors last season.

Nova isn’t the only ex-Yankee to make his KBO debut in 2022. Mike Tauchman signed a one-year $ 1 million deal with the Hanwha Eagles in early December.

After starting his career at Colorado, the outfielder was one of New York’s surprising standouts during the 2019 Next Man Up season. Tauchman set career highlights with 13 homers, 47 RBI and a .277 / .361 / .504 slashline. However, his performance waned in 2020 and the Yankees swapped the 31-year-old for the Giants after 11 games in 2021. Tauchman scored 0.178 in 64 games for San Francisco.

While these two are traveling to Korea, a pair of 2021 Yankees are heading to Japan. Reliever Brooks Kriske joined the Yokohama DeNA BayStars while first baseman Chris Gittens sought an opportunity with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Both teams are part of Nippon Professional Baseball and the Golden Eagles employ former Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka.

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Kriske, 27, recorded an ERA of 14.40 in 16 games for the Yankees over the last two seasons. The right-hander ended the 2021 season in Baltimore, where he did not fare much better. A longtime minor leaguer of power, 27-year-old Gittens hit just one homer in his first 16 MLB games in 2021, beating .111.

Breyvic Valera, another player who spent a short time in New York, also signed with an NPB team, the Orix Buffaloes. The 29-year-old infielder played 12 games for the Yankees in 2019 and has since played for the Blue Jays.


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