It’s hard to imagine that this is a move meant as anything other than adding to their minor league depth. Tatum, a 29-year-old former 3rd round pick in the 2004 draft, has played in parts of three major league seasons with the Orioles and Reds. In 100 games he has a .291 OBP and a .554 OPS. He’ll likely backup Austin Romine in Triple-A and it’s possible that he is insurance in the event the Yankees make a trade.
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