Report: Yankees sign Ruben Tejada to minor league deal

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If you’re the New York Yankees, you can never have enough minor league depth. Even if it’s Ruben Tejada.

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the New York Yankees have signed Ruben Tejada on a minor league deal which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Tejada last played with the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals, hitting .156/.270/.250 in 13 games with the Giants and .176/.225/.235 in 23 games with St. Louis. Tejada has experience playing in New York; he donned pinstripes for the New York Mets from 2010 to 2015.

The Yankees are looking for a bench player to back up Didi Gregorius, Chase Headley and/or Starlin Castro. They also figure Tejada could be a cheap alternative in this low risk, high reward deal.

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9 Responses to Report: Yankees sign Ruben Tejada to minor league deal

  1. Tejada is just a guy to stash in AAA who they can trust to not embarrass himself defensively if there is an emergency and he needs to be called up. Considering his versatility and experience this is a nice insurance pickup.

    • Otto says:

      makes no sense. They have plenty of other players.

      • Celerino says:

        Scranton needs players too, and he would be depth in case of injury. Last year it was Kozma, this year Tejada. Next year it will be somebody else. It's not like they signed him to be the starting shortstop. He's just roster filler.

        • tom says:

          They already have Kozma aboard. OF is already superabundance so where will Fowler and Wade play? Pointless to have both Kozma and Tejeda on the same roster.

          I understand Yankees are expecting Tejeda to take Torreyes' spot this year but Torreyes is not that bad. As for MLB salary, Tejeda will cost Yankees more.

          Replacing Refsnyder? That is fine with me if the starting offense is well productive.

          • Celerino says:

            Kozma cant hit at all. I like Torreyes an Refsnyder, but what's wrong with a little competition? Loser fills out the Scranton roster and waits for an injury. All they are doing is upgrading Kozma, a pretty minor move.

  2. tom says:

    Do we still have Pete Kozma? If so, why two? Especially, Tyler Wade is about to be there for Scranton.

  3. tom says:

    Also, Tejada is not that good. Just defensive whiz without zero offensive offer. High risk, High reward? I don't see that way.

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