The Yankees claimed Carlos Pea off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
Pea, a 33-year-old Haverhill native, played for the Red Sox in 2006 and was a member of the Rays from 2007 to 2010. This season, he is batting .223.342.450 with 23 home runs and 129 strikeouts.
The Yankees will have 48 hours from the time of the claim to agree on a deal with Chicago.
Because New York has the best record in the American League, the other 28 teams in Major League Baseball had the opportunity to claim him before the Yankees.