Thursday, December 13, 2012

Yankees Add Infielder and Catcher to Team on Minor League Deals

Definitely smiling after getting rid of that hat. 
Joel Sherman of the New York Post was the first to report that the Yankees have signed infielder Gil Velazquez to a minor league deal. He only played in 19 Major League games in 2012 for the Miami Marlins, when he replaced Emilio Bonafacio on the disabled list. He also played for the Red Sox in 2008 and 2009. His chances of making the Major League roster for the Yankees are slim to none.

The Yankees also added catcher Bobby Wilson to add to their squad of Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart, and Austin Romine. He is coming from the team making headlines today as he hit .211 (same as Russell Martin, only with less at-bats) in 75 games for the Angels in 2012. In five years with the Angels, he has played in just 191 games.

Update: In other minor moves, Ramiro Pena will be headed to the Atlanta Braves on a one-year Major League contract. He has only made 40 plate appearances in the last two years and will most likely be on the Braves bench.

Update 2: Former Yankee reliever Chad Gaudin is headed to the San Francisco Giants. He pitched for the Marlins in 2012. He has been around in the Major Leagues since 2004 and will turn 30 in March.

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