Steve Pearce: The Yankees signed Pearce to a minor league deal with the Yanks. Pearce is a former Pittsburgh Pirate, a first baseman and outfielder. That report comes from Chad Jennings of LoHud, Read HERE. All this move does if give the Yankees alittle depth. Not sure it was even necessary but it happened and there you go.
Russell Branyan: Branyan was released by the Yankees, then re-signed to a minor league contract. Clearly this is a case where there was certain wording in the contract that needed to be reworked because he didn't do a thing this spring. Read about it HERE.
Jorge Vazquez: the big story involving Vazquez is that he has come forward to say that if the Yankees won't bring him up to the big team, he wants to play elsewhere rather than being stuck in the minors again. So, it's clear to me the Vazquez will probably be gone at some point soon. It just makes sense. Vazquez is a first baseman and the Yankees have Mark Teixeira, and behind Tex they have Eric Chavez, and Steve Pearce. See what I mean? If anything happen with Vazquez, we will tell you.
Clay Rapada: Clay and Cesar Cabral were competing for perhaps the second lefty in the Yankees bullpen this season, but things may have just gotten easier for Rapada as Cabral was hurt in the game against the Phillies and has a sore elbow. Read HERE. Not only that, it is now being reported that Cabral has a broken elbow, this according to Wally Matthews, HERE. I guess that's why it was sore. Anyway, if Rapada were to not get the spot he would have opted out of his contract rather than go to the minors. Now we just need to see what will happen once the final spots are filled. Good Luck Clay!
Kei Igawa: Our dear friend Kei Igawa is finished with his obligations with the New York Yankees and has gone back to Japan to sign with the Orix Buffaloes. He signed a 2 year contract, the deal is worth $2.5 million in American dollars. Read HERE. The best of luck to Kei Igawa, I feel like we barely knew you...maybe because it's true.
Softbank Hawks: Speaking of Japanese baseball, the Softbank Hawks have a brand new baseball ad out and it's pretty damn cool. I just wanted to share it with you. Enjoy this, I did:
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