Yankees sign Thomas Neal and Reegie Corona to minor league deals

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The Yankees made a couple of small moves over the weekend too when they signed outfielder Thomas Neal and infielder and former Yankees prospect Reegie Corona, according to Neal’s Twitter page and Matt Eddy of Baseball America.

Corona is purely a depth move and he probably has no shot whatsoever of playing in the Bronx, but Neal is interesting as a right handed hitting outfielder.

Neal was released by the Indians when they were forced to make room for Nick Swisher on their roster. He hit .314/.400/.467 in 117 games in Double-A last season, but even more impressive is his .316/.382/.412 line against lefties over his last two seasons in the minors. Back in 2010 he was the No. 96 overall prospect in all of baseball ranked by Baseball America.

Neal seems like a nothing move, but he certainly has the numbers to compete with Matt Diaz and Russ Canzler for the fourth outfield spot. Nice pickup by the Yankees.

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