Some minor league signings from what’s shaped up to be a very busy Wednesday…
- The Yankees announced their minor league signing of outfielder Ryan LaMarre, who has received an invitation to Spring Training. The 33-year-old LaMarre is no stranger to the Bronx, having spent last season in the Yankees organization. A strong 60-game showing (.826 OPS) in Triple-A led to a few big league call-ups, in which LaMarre hit two home runs and stole a base across just nine games. The speedy outfielder can cover all three outfield spots in a pinch and should serve as some nice depth behind New York’s top center field options in Aaron Hicks and the recently re-signed Tim Locastro.
- The Angels have signed infielder Kean Wong to a minor league deal with an invite to MLB Spring Training camp. Primarily a second baseman, Wong has also demonstrated the ability to handle third base and both outfield corners. Despite the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season, the 26-year-old showed no signs of rust in Triple-A last year. In 46 games the left-handed hitter slashed .339/.384/.476 with 10 steals (13 attempts). He didn’t show as much firepower in 66 big league at-bats last season with just a .427 OPS, but there may be time to build on those numbers with a Halos club that has recently found health and production elusive at second and third base.
another bad infielder for the angels! 5th in the west!
Oh yeah they signed him to be their starting shortstop ..
what they really need is a starting pitcher, late inning relief pitcher and a starting shortstop. and none have been acquired.. in normal offseason, i would not worry that much. but relief pitchers are picked up left and right and after last season’s collection of duds i’m not sure minasian is capable of improving the pen.
Locastro, LaMarre and Inciarte can pretend all they want that they have a shot at making the Yankees roster. Gardner is incoming here at some point.
I am almost winning the FA contest
Yeah the angels aren’t doing anything more impactful this off season. So frustrating.
Wong is a great pickup.
You mean the guy they released last season and who couldn’t get a deal anywhere else is a good pickup?
Another Angel signing that turns out Wong
I thought Fletcher and Rendon were playing 2nd and 3rd base, respectively?
Fletcher will wind up playing short and the rest of these Kats will fight it out for second.
Probably, with most of them. but this is a good move. He hit well at AAA last year but most of all he gives the team more options without a roster spot. What is the downside?
Why are Yankees signing all these unwanted OFs when it’s inevitable Gardy coming back unfortunately.