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Ben Heller agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees on Wednesday and avoided arbitration.
Heller made six appearances for the Yankees in 2020, posting a 3.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over six innings. He'll work out of New York's bullpen in middle relief this upcoming season.
Ben Heller was optioned to the Yankees' alternate training site after Saturday's loss to the Nationals.
Heller worked one inning against the Nationals on Saturday, allowing one hit -- a solo homer to Asdrubal Cabrera. The righty figures to rejoin the 30-man roster as the team rotates its bullpen pieces throughout the season.
Relief Pitcher Ben Heller will join the Yankees on Sunday in Boston.
Originally acquired by the Yankees in the 2016 Andrew Miller trade, Heller last pitched for the Yankees in 2017. He underwent Tommy John Surgery on April 6th, 2018. In 18 career innings, Heller is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA.
Ben Heller pitched a perfect 7th inning for the Yankees against the Phillies on Saturday. Heller struck out all three batters that he faced, flashing his struck out potential. He finished with a 1.69 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 48 innings last season between Double-A, Triple-A, and the Yankees.
Heller was devastating in the minor leagues last season, posting a 2.27 ERA in Triple-A Columbus and Scranton Wilkes-Barre, but had a 6.43 ERA in 7 innings with the Yankees. His walks were the issue in the big leagues, four in seven innings, but he still posted a 0.83 WHIP for the whole season. Heller was a closer in the minors, a job that he will not have in the majors anytime soon, but he will be a useful middle reliever with his 11.6 strikeouts per nine.
Ben Heller pitched the 8th inning out of the bullpen giving up no hits in a 5-4 win over the Royals in 13 innings.
Ben Heller on the season has a 6.00 ERA with two strikeouts.