Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Yankees have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Tim Redding.
Redding, 32, was released by the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon and fielded offers from the Dodgers and several Korean teams before finally agreeing to terms with the Yanks late Wednesday evening. He spent the first six weeks of the 2010 season with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs, posting a 4.32 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in five starts (25 total innings).
It’s safe to say that Redding probably won’t have much of an impact on the Yankees this season, if any. He’s expected to report to the Yanks’ spring training complex in Tampa, Florida on Friday and will head to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre once the club gives him clearance to do so.
The Yankees signed Adam Lind to a minor league deal this past offseason. Then they released him during spring training. Now they have signed him to another minor league deal. He’ll report to extended spring training where he’ll now try not to get extended released.
Lind is a platoon guy with little defensive value, but he hit .303/.362/.513 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI in 301 plate appearances for the Nationals last season, serving as a pinch-hitter and backup first baseman and outfielder. The injury to Greg Bird and the impending suspension of Tyler Austin — he’s currently on appeal — will likely give him at least some opportunity to show that he’s still a big leaguer.
Which, yeah, he probably still is. Or at least would be if teams didn’t have 13 and 14-man pitching staffs and actually had room for a couple of bench position players. Such is not the current game of baseball, however.