Aaron Gleeman

Rays claim Chase Whitley off waivers from Yankees

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Dropped from the 40-man roster by the Yankees, right-hander Chase Whitley has been claimed off waivers by the Rays.

Whitley logged 95 innings for the Yankees during the past two seasons, posting a 5.02 ERA and 76/23 K/BB ratio split between the rotation and bullpen, but underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in May and likely won’t be ready to pitch until midseason.

At age 27 and coming off a major injury he lacks upside, but Whitley has a good minor-league track record that includes a 2.89 ERA and 178/60 K/BB ratio in 196 innings at Triple-A and looks capable of being a useful back-of-the-rotation starter or middle reliever.