The Yankees announced infielder Jordy Mercer has been signed to a minor league contract and assigned to the club’s alternate training site. Mercer and minor league catcher Wynston Sawyer have both been added to New York’s 60-man player pool, with Sawyer joining Mercer at the alternate camp.
Mercer appeared in three games for the Tigers this season before deciding to become a free agent rather than accept an outright assignment on August 6. He’ll now join a Yankees team in need of some second base depth since DJ LeMahieu’s is expected to spend two or three weeks on the injured list due to a sprained left thumb. Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada are New York’s current second base options on the active roster, and it isn’t out of the question that Mercer could also serve as a backup shortstop to Gleyber Torres.
Best known for his long stint as the Pirates’ starting shortstop, Mercer has a .257/.315/.387 slash line over 3276 career MLB plate appearances with Pittsburgh and Detroit. Fielding metrics have taken a dim view of Mercer’s shortstop glovework in recent years, though that could be a moot point if he ends up playing second base for the Yankees. (For what it’s worth, Mercer has a +4.4 UZR/150 and +3 Defensive Runs Saved as a second baseman, though only over 286 2/3 career innings at the position.)