January 12, 2010

Yanks ink three minor leaguers

The Yankees have announced the signings of three minor leaguers over the past two days. Yesterday, they they announced the signing of Braves outfielder Reid Gorecki. Today, lefty reliever Royce Ring (ex-Met) and outfielder David Winfree were announced.

Ring wants a ring: Only one of these three names rings a bell, and that's Ring. Ring's name was spotted in 26 box scores for the Mets in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. He went 0-2 and gave up nine earned in 23-1/3 innings for them. Since then, he's pitched with the Padres, Braves and Cardinals. After a dreadful 2008 year with the big league club, he spent all of '09 in Triple-A Memphis (Cardinals affiliate) where he compiled a 5-2 record and a 3.04 ERA in 51 appearances.

What rhymes with Hideki?: Gorecki! He spent most of 2009 with the Braves Triple-A squad before being called up in mid-August. He went 5-for-25 (all singles) and saw time in all outfield spots. Chad Jennings said barring a huge spring training he will open 2010 in Scranton.

Free me from Minny: Winfree has spent the last seven years in the Twins minor league system and is yet to have a major league at bat. A career .270/.318/.442 hitter should expect that.

Expect a lot more of these announcements to come in the upcoming weeks. I'll try and group them together for you.

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