The New York Yankees made several roster moves before Thursday’s series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The team signed three-time All-Star infielder Matt Carpenter to a Major-League contract and added him to the active roster. New York also signed reliever/starting pitcher Manny Bañuelos to a Major-League contract and selected him to the 26-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Yankees optioned outfielder Estevan Florial and starting pitcher/reliever JP Sears to Triple-A to make room on the roster.
Catcher Rob Brantly was also outrighted to Triple-A.
Over parts of 11 Major League seasons, all with the Cardinals (2011-21), Carpenter has batted .262 with 155 home runs and 576 RBIs in 1,329 games. The 36-year-old left-handed hitter has appeared at third base, first base, second base, right field, and left field in his career.
The 31-year-old Bañuelos had a 2.35 ERA in seven games (five starts), spanning 30 2/3 innings.