Last week we heard the rumor that Yankees minor league first baseman Jorge Vazquez wanted a chance to play at the big league level either with the Yankees or elsewhere and it appears that he may soon be on the move.
The Yankees signed former Pirates 1B/OF Steve Pearce to a minor league deal on Thursday, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News. Pearce would be destined for Triple-A. With him and Jack Cust, who was recently signed to a minor league deal as well, there appears to be no room for Vazquez. A trade at this point seems inevitable even if it is with a team in the Japanese league.
Vazquez really has no chance to do anything with the Yankees. he was just cut from spring training after an impressive year power-wise season in Triple-A. The problem is JoVa has a big hole in his swing and K’s too much. Couple that with poor defense and the presence of Mark Teixeira and there really is no chance for him with the Yankees.
Pearce has played in parts of five seasons for the Pirates, playing in all four corners. He had a .302 OBP and a .668 OPS in 521 plate appearances.