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Yankees Closer is Making Quite the Name For Himself

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Clay Holmes came to the Bronx in a, what seemed, meaningless trade. On July 26, 2021 the Yankees traded INF prospects Hoy Park and Diego Castillo to the Pirates in exchange for RP Clay Holmes. Both Park and Castillo are off of the Pirates roster and Holmes is lighting up the bright lights of New York City.

Holmes was always a solid piece in Pittsburgh, however, nothing special. Holmes throws a heavy sinker ball which is exactly what the Yankees look for in the bullpen. Their bread and butter if you will.

Holmes fit the description and made his way to the Bronx. Since joining the Yankees, Holmes has pitched to a 2.28 ERA across 169.2 innings pitched. Holmes was selected to his first All-Star game in 2022.

In 2024, Holmes is singing the same record. Pitching to a 0.00 ERA across 15.0 innings and has a whopping 10 saves.

Holmes has been nails out of the bullpen for the Yankees and has overtaken the back end of the pen almost immediately after he arrived. Matt Blake, the Yankees pitching coach, revived the 31-year old’s career and Holmes has been a force to be reckoned with ever since.

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