Damaso Marte’s mostly forgettable Yankees’ career – with the 2009 World Series against the Phillies being a significant exception – is over. The team on Tuesday declined to exercise its 2012 option, worth $4 million, on the lefthander, who received a $250,000 buyout.
Marte, acquired midseason 2008 and signed to a three-year, $12-million contract – with the 2012 club option – in November 2008, spent much of his time in pinstripes on the disabled list. He last appeared in a game July 7, 2010, going on the DL shortly thereafter with inflammation in his left shoulder.
Marte had surgery to repair a torn labrum last Oct. 22, and while he expressed the hope of returning by this year’s All-Star Break, the most he ended up doing was appearing in one rehab game, allowing six runs and six hits in 2/3 of an inning for the GCL Yankees on Aug. 25.
Marte appeared in just 21 games in 2009 but came back late that season and was a postseason stalwart, not allowing a hit in a combined four innings in the ALCS and World Series. Against a Phillies lineup featuring dangerous lefties such as Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, Marte struck out five of the eight batters he faced in 2 2/3 innings.
With Marte gone, Pedro Feliciano likely out all of 2012 after undergoing left rotator cuff surgery Sept. 8, and the inconsistent Boone Logan their lone lefty option, the Yankees will be in the market for lefthanded reliever help this offseason.