Yankees add Santos to stable of relief options

Right-hander inked to Minor League pact after becoming free agent

Yankees add Santos to stable of relief options

One of the American League's best bullpens is getting another arm.

The Yankees, who own the fourth-best ERA (3.11) among all AL bullpens, have signed Sergio Santos to a Minor League deal. The right-hander began the year with the Dodgers and recently elected to become a free agent after declining an assignment to their Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. FOX Sports was the first to report the agreement.

The 31-year-old Santos pitched to a 4.73 ERA in 12 games this season with Los Angeles, but he's shown that he can handle the late innings in the past. Santos saved 30 games for the White Sox in 2011, but he's been limited to just 65 innings over the past four seasons due to a spate of injuries.

Santos, the 27th pick in the 2002 MLB Draft, has pitched for the White Sox, Blue Jays and Dodgers in his career, and he has a 7-12 record and a 3.95 ERA in 192 big league appearances. Santos cleared waivers last week.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.