Identifying Possible MiLB Free Agent Targets: Zach McAllister

The 2018-2019 offseason is now officially underway, and the attention has moved towards MLB free agency but what often gets overlooked is the small moves the teams make in minor league free agency where they can find a diamond in a rough that could contribute in some form to the team in 2019.

This series we take a look at potential minor league free agents that could be a good fit for the Yankees, providing veteran leadership in the upper levels and serving as solid depth pieces for the big league club.

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Zach McAlllister throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Zach McAllister – Right-Handed Pitcher

It is not unheard of for the Yankees to bring back players that they had traded away.  We saw it this past season when George Kontos returned to the organization. This could open the door for the Yankees to bring back his former Yankees teammate, Zach McAllister.

McAllister, 30, was initially drafted by the Yankees in the third round of the 2006 draft and has put together a solid major league career with a 29-35 record with a 4.09 ERA in 280 games with 542 strikeouts in 591 2/3 innings pitched.

He had cemented himself as a fixture of the Cleveland Indians bullpen until this season when they designated him for assignment in August.  He later signed with the Tigers and spent only nine days with them before being designated for assignment again.  He then signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

This past season was his worst in the majors where he had a combined 6.20 ERA in 44 games between the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.  He did not pitch for the Dodgers in MLB.

It would make sense to bring him back to the organization on a minor league contract.  He would be a veteran presence in the Triple-A clubhouse and emergency relief depth for the big-league team.