Minor league signings and spring training invites continue to occur. Here’s a quick rundown on the latest.
Outfielder Rick Ankiel signs with the Astros. Even though he hits from the left side, I thought Ankiel could’ve been an option for the Mets. At this point, it shouldn’t matter to the Mets whether an outfielder bats righty or lefty, as long as he can play the outfield.
Backstop Bobby Wilson signs with the Yankees to compete with Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart. This is the New York Yankees, not the AAA club in Scranton – Wilkes-Barre, PA. The current Yankees catching situation reminds me of 1979, after Thurman Munson‘s death, when the Bronx backstops were Brad Gulden, Bruce Robinson, and Jerry Narron.
Tony Pena, Jr. signed with the White Sox. I can’t remember if he’s pitching or playing shortstop these days. Maybe both.
Robinzon Diaz signed with the Brewers. It must be “sign that catcher” week.
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