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Top Clay Holmes News

  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Avoids arbitration

    Holmes signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Yankees on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Holmes has served as the Yankees' primary closer each of the last two seasons, recording a combined 44 saves. He also managed a career-best 18.3 K-BB% across 63 frames in 2023 and should continue to rack up save chances in 2024.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Picks up 24th save

    Holmes picked up the save Saturday against Kansas City, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.

    The 30-year-old made quick work of the Royals, striking out two and inducing a weak groundout by Bobby Witt to end the contest. After a rough patch to end August, Holmes was dominant in September, posting a microscopic 0.75 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 11:4 K:BB across 12 innings while converting all eight of his save opportunities.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Notches 23rd save

    Holmes picked up the save in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over the Blue Jays. He allowed one hit and no walks with no strikeouts in a scoreless inning.

    Holmes handled business in the ninth inning, locking down the team win on 19 pitches and recording his career-high 23rd save in the process. The 30-year-old righty has been superb over his last 12 appearances, posting an 0.75 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 11:5 K:BB over 12 innings. Holmes has pitched to a 2.90 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 69:23 K:BB overall this year.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Pounds strike zone during 22nd save

    Holmes earned a save against the Diamondbacks on Monday, striking out two batters in a perfect inning.

    Holmes threw 13 of his 15 pitches for a strike in the outing, retiring all three batters he faced to preserve a two-run advantage. The right-hander has converted all six of his save chances in September, giving up only one earned run over 10 innings. That's a marked improvement over August, when Holmes posted a 7.84 ERA and 1.84 WHIP across 10.1 frames. Overall, he's converted 22 of 25 save opportunities while registering a 2.95 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 69:23 K:B across 61 innings.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Nabs another save

    Holmes pitched one perfect inning to secure a save during Saturday's 6-3 win over the Pirates.

    After firing off a perfect ninth frame Friday night for his 20th save of 2023, Holmes delivered another clean inning Saturday for save No. 21, setting a career high in the category and besting his 2022 total. The 30-year-old has yet to allow a run in September and has locked up five saves over eight appearances.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Reaches 20 saves

    Holmes struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning to pick up a save against Pittsburgh on Friday.

    Holmes entered with the Yankees holding a two-run lead and needed just 10 pitches to retire the side in order. The right-hander hasn't allowed a run in any of his past eight appearances, posting an 8:3 K:BB and racking up four saves during that stretch. Holmes' save Friday was his 20th of the campaign, tying the amount he had last season in his first season as a closer.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Shaky in 19th save

    Holmes walked three batters in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday to record his 19th save of the season in the first game of a doubleheader against the Red Sox.

    The right-hander lost the plate after getting Wilyer Abreu to ground out to begin the inning, issuing three straight free passes, but a double-play grounder on his first pitch to Alex Verdugo bailed Holmes out. After going most of August without a save and posting a 7.84 ERA on the month, the right-hander is 3-for-3 on save chances in September and has yet to allow a run. Tuesday's outing was also the first time he'd walked multiple batters in an appearance since May 28, so there may not be much cause for concern with his sudden control issues.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Breezes to 18th save

    Holmes earned a save against the Tigers on Wednesday, striking out one batter in a perfect inning.

    Holmes had a narrow one-run lead to work with when he entered in the ninth frame, but he got the job done with little stress, needing just nine pitches to set the side down in order. Following a rough stretch from mid-to-late August during which he allowed nine earned runs over 5.1 innings across six outings, Holmes has rebounded with five straight scoreless appearances, picking up two saves and recording a 5:0 K:BB across five frames during that span. Holmes needs two more saves to reach 20 for the second straight campaign.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Notches 17th save

    Holmes gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Saturday to record his 17th save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Astros.

    Despite a rough stretch in August that saw Holmes get tagged for nine earned runs in 5.1 innings over six appearances, the right-hander hasn't actually blown a save chance since July 16, converting six straight -- although Saturday's save was his first in nearly a month. On the season, he sports a 3.29 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 61:19 K:BB through 52 frames, adding four wins and five holds to his save total.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Implodes in non-save situation

    Holmes (4-3) took the loss against the Marlins on Sunday, allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits and one walk while striking out one batter in one-third of an inning.

    Holmes had been on a post-All-Star-break tear coming into Sunday, collecting eight saves in nine chances and allowing just two runs while posting an 18:3 K:BB over 15.2 frames. Yankees manager Aaron Boone thus turned to him in the ninth inning while holding a four-run lead, but things didn't go as planned. Holmes allowed a single, double, triple and walk in the frame and also contributed to his own demise with a throwing error. Luis Arraez's two-run three-bagger tied the score and resulted in Holmes getting the hook, and the righty hurler took the loss when Arraez crossed the plate after his departure. Holmes should still have a firm grasp on the closer role considering his recent run of success, but Sunday's blowup increased his season ERA from 2.01 to 2.80.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Nabs 16th save

    Holmes picked up the save in Saturday's win over the Astros, striking out one over a scoreless inning.

    Holmes entered the game with a two-run lead in the ninth and got Jeremy Pena to go down swinging in the first at-bat en route to a 1-2-3 inning. The right-hander has now converted each of his last five save attempts, posting six strikeouts to only one walk over that stretch. He's also allowed just one run since June 23, lowering his season ERA to 2.06.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Locks down 15th save

    Holmes picked up the save Thursday against the Astros, working around two hits in a scoreless inning.

    The Astros got the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth inning before Holmes got Jose Altuve to ground out to seal the one-run victory. The 30-year-old right-hander has converted his last five save chances, striking out five over five scoreless innings in that span. Overall, he's 15-for-18 in save opportunities this season with an impressive 2.11 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 52:16 K:BB across 42.2 innings.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Registers 14th save

    Holmes earned a save against the Mets on Wednesday, striking out one batter in a perfect inning.

    Holmes had no problem protecting a two-run ninth-inning Yankees lead, throwing 11 of his 14 pitches for strikes and retiring all three batters he faced. The right-hander continues to pitch well after a shaky start to the campaign, holding the opponent scoreless in 28 of his past 31 outings. Over that span, he's posted a minuscule 0.88 ERA and 0.95 WHIP while notching a 38:11 K:BB and recording 10 saves in 11 chances across 30.2 frames.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Nabs 13th save

    Holmes picked up the save Saturday against the Royals, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two over a scoreless inning.

    Holmes entered the game with a three-run lead in the ninth and got MJ Melendez to go down on strikes in the first at-bat, followed by a groundout by Michael Massey. The right-handed reliever would then allow the next two batters to reach before finally shutting the door on the Royals with a strikeout to end the game, earning his 13th save in the process. Holmes has now converted his last two save attempts and lowered his season ERA to 2.27 with Saturday's scoreless appearance.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Earns save Friday

    Holmes gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning to notch his 12th save of the year Friday versus the Royals.

    Holmes gave up a leadoff single to Drew Waters in the top of the ninth, but he promptly retired Kyle Isbel, Maikel Garcia and Bobby Witt to secure a 5-4 victory for the Yankees. It was a nice bounce-back effort from the 30-year-old right-hander, who blew a save last time out against the Rockies. His season ERA is down to 2.33.

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  • Yankees' Clay Holmes: Charged with blown save

    Holmes allowed a run on two hits in one-third of an inning, taking a blown save Sunday versus the Rockies.

    Holmes was in a tight situation with the bases loaded and two outs following a tough outing from Tommy Kahnle. C.J. Cron hit a grand slam off Holmes in the eighth inning, handing the Yankees' top reliever his third blown save of the season. He's now at a 2.39 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 47:15 K:BB while going 11-for-14 in save chances and adding five holds over 37.2 innings in a general high-leverage role.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 245 lbs
Birthplace: Dothan, AL
Age: 30
Experience: 5
Bats/Throws: R, R