The Yankees have signed infielder Pete Kozma to a major league contract and added him to their 25-man roster, per a team announcement. Kozma is a client of Excel Sports Management.
Kozma joined the Yankees on a minor league deal in December 2015, but he didn’t see any major league action last season. This spring, it helped the shortstop’s cause when starter Didi Gregorius suffered a shoulder injury in late March. Gregorius is likely to miss all of April, which will leave short to Ronald Torreyes and Kozma to begin the season.
The 28-year-old Kozma saw big league action from 2011-15 with the Cardinals and appeared in 275 games, most of which (173) came at short. Kozma offered little offensively during that span, as he hit a paltry .222/.288/.293 in 689 plate appearances. However, he did rack up 13 Defensive Runs Saved and post a 10.7 Ultimate Zone Rating in 1,399 innings as a shortstop.
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