After six seasons in the minor leagues, if they don’t make it to the 40-man roster even the minor leaguers become free agents. The Yankees have 21 minor league free agents this year with Kei Igawa and Mark Prior among the biggest names in the group.
Here are the rest via Chad Jennings of the Journal News:
RHP: Francisco Castillo (Hi A), Noel Castillo (Hi A), Grant Duff (AA), Logan Kensing (AAA), Jeff Marquez (AA), Kelvin Perez (Lo A), Mark Prior (AAA), Josh Schmidt (AA), Kanekoa Texeira (AA), Eric Wordekemper (AAA)
C: P.J. Pilittere (AAA)
1B: Mike Lamb (AAA)
OF: Jordan Parraz (AAA)
There are a few names here that we’ve heard before, but the only one of any concern is lefty handed pitcher Jose Quintana. Quintana will turn 23 this winter, but had a good year at High-A Tampa where he put up a 2.91 ERA over 102 innings with a 7.8 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9.
The Yankees can re-sign all of these players still, except for Parraz who has already signed with the Braves.