Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Yankees Sign Bruce Billings & Yoshinori Tateyama

The New York Yankees have announced the signing of two minor league deals with two relief pitchers, Bruce Billings and Yoshinori Tateyama. Matt Eddy of Baseball America, seen above, broke the news on his Twitter today.

Billings is 28 years old and spent 2013 in the Oakland Athletics system posting a 4.31 ERA and 3.96 FIP in 28 games, 26 of them as a reliever. Billings has four games and seven innings of Major League experience that he gained in 2011 and posted a 10.29 ERA and a 5.45 FIP as a reliever. Small sample size thank goodness.

Tateyama is a re-sign after he was traded to the Yankees last year for a bucket of signed baseballs from Joba Chamberlain from the Texas Rangers. Tateyama is 38 years old and coming off his stint with the Scranton affiliate posting a 1.70 ERA and 2.11 FIP in 21 games, 20 as a reliever, with the RailRiders. Tateyama also has Major league experience posting a 5.75 ERA and 4.54 FIP in 53 career relief outings with the Rangers from 2011-2012.

Nothing wrong with minor league deals or pitching depth so both deals get two thumbs up from me.

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