Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Scott Patterson from Double-A Trenton.
The 28-year-old Patterson gets his 40-man spot after all. He earned it by posting a 1.05 ERA and striking out 92 batters in 77 1/3 innings, most of them coming at Double-A. If he had better stuff, the Yankees would have taken a look at him in September, if not before. Still, it's worth the roster spot to see if he can succeed in middle relief.
That's too bad. His numbers in AA and AAA were very interesting as a potential minor league FA signing.