NEW YORK -- Three players have been lost from the active roster, the Yankees announced on Tuesday.
Left-handed swingman Aaron Laffey was claimed off waivers by the Royals, while veteran relievers Raul Valdes and Scott Proctor have elected to become free agents.
Laffey, a former 16th-round draftee by the Indians, began his season in Seattle and was acquired by the Yankees on a waiver claim in August. The 26-year-old southpaw went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 11 appearances for the Yankees and will help flesh out the Royals' bullpen depth.
Valdes, like Laffey, joined the Yankees as a waiver claim in August. The 33-year-old made just six appearances for the Yankees and has pitched in 51 career big league games.
Proctor, who began his big league career with the Yankees in 2004, returned for a second stint this season. Proctor was released by the Braves in August and signed with the Yankees days later. The 34-year-old went 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in eight games for New York down the stretch.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.