Over the offseason the Yankees parted ways with a number of players who were on the 2015 team. Some of them left via trades and some departed as free agents. I always find it interesting to keep tabs on those players so now that we're two and a half months into the season, here's a look at how last year's Yankees are doing on their new teams.
The Yankees signed Bailey to a minor league deal in February 2014, but his shoulder injury kept him out the entire season. They re-signed him the following year, and Bailey finally made it into some major league games for the Yankees. He was not very effective during the few chances he had, finishing the season with a 5.19 ERA, 6.48 FIP and 5.19 BB/9. The Yankees decided to decline their club option for the 2016 year and Bailey departed as a free agent. Bailey signed on with the Phillies, and he has shown some improvement this year. Through 24 innings, he currently has a 4.13 ERA, and his strikeout numbers have improved to 9.38 K/9.
Although Capuano considered playing in Japan, he ended up signing with the Brewers over the offseason. He is currently on the disabled list with an elbow injury, but prior to that he was pitching pretty poorly. Through 24 innings, Capuano surrendered 7 home runs, giving him a whopping 2.63 HR/9, along with 5.63 BB/9. His strikeout percentage was up to 25.5%, but he also had a 4.13 ERA.
After a season spent riding the Scranton Shuttle up and down without much success (5.66 ERA), the Yankees released Martin so that he could sign with the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan. He appears to be having much better luck in Japan, as he is sporting a 2.22 ERA through 24.1 IP. Martin has also struck out 24 batters and walked just four.
Last year, Warren bounced around between the rotation and bullpen, though he said that he would prefer to stick in the rotation. It seemed like he might have a chance to stick in the rotation when he was traded to the Cubs for Starlin Castro, but he has only made relief appearances this year. He has not gotten off to the greatest of starts, and his stats are the worst that they have been since he made his major league debut. Warren has made 24 appearances for the Cubs, and has pitched 23 and two-thirds innings so far with 6.46 K/9, 5.32 BB/9 and 1.52 HR/9. His strikeout numbers are down from his career average, while his walk and home run rates are up from 3.13 and 0.89. Warren is sporting a 4.18 ERA and has been worth -0.4 fWAR. Hopefully he can get things straightened out.
Shortly into the 2015 season, Whitley had to undergo Tommy John surgery. Interestingly enough, the Rays claimed Whitley off waivers during the offseason. He is still going through the rehabilitation process, but it seems like Whitley is on track to make his debut with the Rays sometime this season. At the beginning of June he threw a 35-pitch bullpen session and he mixed in some breaking balls for the first time.
Everyone was pretty surprised when Brian Cashman traded Wilson to the Tigers for Chad Green and Luis Cessa, since he was one of the better relievers out of the bullpen last year. However, there was no guarantee that he would be able to duplicate that performance this year. So far, though, Wilson is putting together a nice season. He has made 29 appearances with 12.08 K/9, 1.78 BB/9 and 0.36 HR/9. With a 3.55 ERA and 1.56 FIP through 25.1 IP, Wilson has already been worth 1.0 fWAR.
After a miserable season and a half with the Yankees, Drew somewhat remarkably found a new home with the Nationals. He is certainly off to a better start so far, slashing .250/.299/.559 with 120 wRC+ through 77 plate appearances. Drew has also hit six home runs and three doubles. Still glad he's not on the Yankees anymore, though.
John Ryan Murphy
This one still hurts a bit. In the first trade of the offseason, Cashman sent Murphy to the Twins for Aaron Hicks, even though it is the Pirates who traditionally take all Yankee catchers. Murphy was expected to be the Twins' backup catcher, but he was hitting so poorly that they had to demote him to Triple-A. He hit just .075/.119/.100 through 11 games and 40 at-bats. Sadly, he's not doing great in Triple-A either, slashing just .208/.295/.292 since the demotion.
Ryan was originally traded to the Cubs as part of the deal for Starlin Castro, but they released him in December. In February, the Nationals signed him to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training, briefly reuniting him with Drew. Ryan did not end up making the team, but he hung around the Nationals' Triple-A team for a month before being traded to the Angels. The Angels have since designated him for assignment twice. He managed just one hit through 13 at-bats.
After a solid season as the Yankees' backup outfielder, Young left the team only to sign with the Red Sox. He had a rather slow start to the season, but he's been swinging a seriously hot bat in May and June. In May he hit .316/.409/.526, and in June he's hit 5 home runs to bring his slugging percentage up to .562 for the season.