The Yankees may have picked up Javier Vazquez, but he is obviously the third most important pick-up today behind Mike Rivera and OF Javier Herrera.
According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Yankees signed OF Javier Herrera to a minor league deal. Herrera, who will be 25 in April, had only 2 at-bats last season. In 2008 he put up a .769 OPS in 255 at-bats, with 9 homeruns over that time with the Athletics’ Double-A affiliate. He plays outfield and will either be in Trenton or Scranton.
The Yankees also made a significant number of cuts. They let go of RHP Pablo Hernandez (hasn’t played since 2007), RHP Alejando Martinez (2 appearances last year), RHP Paul Patterson (4.50 ERA in 17 games in low minors), RHP Brett Smith (7 starts in low minors), RHP Jeff Williams (13 appearances in Charleston), LHP Edwin Walker (14 games in Charleston), 1B Chris Smith (.091 batting average in 41 AB last year, 2008 – 5th round), OF Tommy Baldridge (.190 BA last year) OF Mitch Delaney (.178 BA last year), and OF Chad Gross (.145 BA last year).
Some other ex-Yankees and interesting names found some new homes. Matt DeSalvo signed with the Florida Marlins, Phil Humber and Adam Bostick signed with the Mets and Chris Stewart signed with the Padres.