According to, the Yankees signed left handed reliever Damaso Marte to a three year deal worth $12 million dollars.

The Yankees had initially opted to buyout Marte's contract, as opposed to picking up a $6 million option.

The move gives the Yankees a left handed option out of the bullpen, but not a solid one. Marte went 1-3 with a 5.40 era after being acquired by the Yankees in the Xavier Nady deal at the trading deadline.

The Yankees haven't had a solid left handed specialist since the days of Mike Stanton and Grahame Llyod.

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