The Yankees signed left handed reliever Randy Flores to a minor league contract, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. He was just recently released by the San Diego Padres and the deal includes an opt-out clause if he is not in the majors by the All-Star break, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Flores was originally drafted by the Yankees in 1997 and was traded to the Texas Rangers for Randy Velarde in 2001. He has pitched in the majors with four different teams over eight years. He most recently pitched for the Rockies and the Twins last season putting up a 3.19 ERA over 31 innings.
Flores’ career numbers are really not all that impressive even against lefties. In his career lefties have hit .275 off him with a 1.45 WHIP and a .780 OPS against. Last season he was actually better against righties holding them to a .246 average while holding lefties to a .295 average.
This is really not an impressive move, but he’s another arm to throw out in the bullpen. Most likely he’ll pitch in Triple-A and only make it to the Bronx if there is an injury to Boone Logan or some other dire situation.