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.
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Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.
"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."
No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .
. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.