Yankees trade for Rays pitcher David McKay

TAMPA — The Yankees struck a deal with a division opponent to bolster their pitching depth.

As they worked to make final changes to their roster ahead of Thursday’s opening day, the Yankees traded for Ray’s right-hander David McKay on Monday, confirmed The Post’s Joel Sherman. McKay was in the Rays’ camp on a minor league deal, but he will reportedly be added to the Yankees’ 40-man roster.

McKay, 27, owns a 6.08 ERA in 26 major league games split between the Mariners and Tigers. He didn’t serve at all last season after hip surgery last April, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

It wasn’t immediately clear if McKay would join the Yankees’ bullpen or go to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, though he still has an option. In three Grapefruit League games this spring, McKay gave up three earned runs over 3 ⅔ innings while striking three and walking one.

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David McKay plays for the Tigers on March 9, 2020.
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David McKay poses with the Rays on March 17, 2022.
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Earlier Monday, manager Aaron Boone had said the opening day’s roster was almost complete — the team tends to add 16 pitchers to its 28-man roster — but left the door open to potential trades.

“It can go a lot further,” Boone said. “There’s logistics of roster slots and stuff like that. … There are some things that could still develop.” Yankees trade for Rays pitcher David McKay


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