Hot Stove: Yankees sign INF Nick Noonan to minor league deal


On the last day of the Winter Meetings, the Yankees signed someone…just not someone who will make an immediate impact to the ball club.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees have signed INF Nick Noonan to a minor league contract. Not only is Noonan a former first round pick, he’s a left handed bat and played 62 games with the San Francisco Giants in 2013, hitting .219/.261/.238.

Noonan can play second, third and shortstop and I’m guessing the team signed him for infield depth, considering Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela could be considered for second base should Martin Prado move to third base and Chase Headley sign elsewhere.

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24 Responses to Hot Stove: Yankees sign INF Nick Noonan to minor league deal

  1. hotdog says:

    he won't cost the Yankees much and I understand that they need to work these possibilities but I'm hoping the Yankees make some better moves going forward…looks like the Yankees are a little more involved in considering Ervin Santana…the guy is very talented but inconsistent…

  2. rudy. k. says:

    Our. G.m. iS. Doing. A lot of. Junk. Deals
    .we. will. Finsh. Dead. Last. Fire. Him.

  3. Celerino says:

    Slight correction. He played for the Giants in 2013, not last year.

  4. Isla says:

    Mr Cash is working the same way like last year, he will get the same result, no lights in October.

  5. Steve B says:

    Is Cashman going to improve the offense or starting pitching at all ??…Seriously what is Cash doing ???…I can answer that myself…NOTHING !!

  6. Steve B says:

    If Cashman doesn't sign Headley or make a trade or sign a FA starting pitcher, he should be fired on the spot.

    Sign Headley…trade for Jay Bruce, make Beltran the DH, put A-Rod on the bench to backup 1B and 3B, sign Santana and Scherzer..let's get going !!

    • thomas says:

      You must remember that he is doing the bidding of his boss, the owner. So, he will not be fired.
      If you want to sit A-Rod and his 27 million a year, what will you do with Scherzer after 4 years and still paying him 30 million a year for another 3 years? bench him too? I believe they are going in a different direction by not signing every free agent then have a bunch of A-Rods in 4 years.
      I don't trust Headley's back for 4 years. Two maybe 3 but not 4 years.

      • hotdog says:

        I don't believe Hal is so involved…he might be when it comes to Scherzer but these smaller moves are all Cashman…

  7. Noonan is a pretty light hitting guy. I doubt he'll spend much time in the Bronx as he hit just .226/.290/.297 in Double-A and .269/.321/.364 in Triple-A. This seems like a move strictly for the minors and to have a guy that can play all over the infield in case of emergency.

    Try not to panic. The Yankees need guys in AAA too.

    • John says:

      I don't know, look how long Roberts lasted, and then followed up by Drew. And, they gave Ryan dipstick a three year contract, I wouldn't put any thing past the Yankees management.

      • This isn't like that at all. This is more of a Brent Lillibridge move. They signed him in 2013 for the minor leagues with enough experience and ability to play in case of emergency. He ended up playing 41 games in Scranton and just 11 in the Bronx. This is no where close to the Roberts, Drew or Ryan scenario.

        • Celerino says:

          Once upon a time, this transaction would have barely made the Sporting News, and we wouldn't have known his name until he came in for defense in the 8th inning of some spring training game. It cracks me up when people go off the deep end on stories like this.

  8. Thomas says:

    This may show their hand a bit by showing that they are bringing Refsnyder up to play second. Possiblity keeping Pirela on the bench so they need someone down at AAA.

    • hotdog says:

      it also gives them flexibility…i don't know how good a fielder Noonan is but I hope they gave that some decent consideration…Rob's probably right, he's not going to be a "go to" guy…

  9. hotdog says:

    Red Sox add Masterson, Porcello and Miley within 24 hours…we add Noonan…we need pitching…why can't Cashman make a deal or two…what's he waiting for?

  10. lou says:

    Mr Cashman:

    You are a moron!!!!

  11. hotdog says:

    who is this guy?

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  13. henryst says:

    He did this so no one could say he did absolutely nothing at the Winter Meetings–which he did anyway.

  14. dr says:

    NOONAN is a great fielder and has power left handed Giants never gave him a proper chance plus he was hurt last season this player is a good addition just needs proper hitting coach, a steal

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