TAMPA — Adam Warren spent just over half a season with the Cubs before being sent back to the Yankees prior to the trade deadline, but he’s still likely to get a ring from their World Series win in October because it’s customary for teams to give rings to everyone who played during the season.
Obviously, though, that won’t exactly make him a champion.
“World Series ring-holder,” Warren said.
The right-hander, who was traded to Chicago before last season in exchange for Starlin Castro, struggled in his brief tenure with the Cubs, posting a 5.91 ERA in 29 appearances. In July, he was included in the deal that sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago and brought Warren back to The Bronx.
It meant that instead of having a chance to be on the Cubs’ first Series-winning team in 108 years, Warren was home.
“It was fun watching,” said Warren, who was at the Yankees minor league complex Thursday. “I felt like I had a vested interest, but I really didn’t.”
And he had mixed feelings about whether he’d have rather been with the team after it beat Cleveland in Game 7 while he watched from his home in Tampa.
“I thought about it for a second — about how that would be pretty cool to do — but I’m a big believer things happen for a reason,” Warren said. “My wife was nine months pregnant. … I wish could have been there to win a World Series. Hopefully we’ll do that with this team.”
Warren pitched well after his return to The Bronx — going 4-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 29 relief appearances — and is once again in a position to compete for a spot on the staff, either in the rotation or the bullpen.
With the Yankees opting to not add an established starter, only three spots are locked in with Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda, the opportunity could be there for Warren.
“It opens up competition for not just the fifth spot, but the fourth spot, as well,” Warren said. “At some point, you’ve got to figure out what you’ve got [here].”
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