Yankees internally discussing free agent Manny Ramirez

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Here’s a juicy one.  Well, sorta.

Jack Curry of the YES Network heard from a source Thursday that the Yankees have engaged in “internal chats” about free agent slugger Manny Ramirez.

The Yanks are trying to add a quality bat to their bench and have also looked into signing free agent Johnny Damon.  But, as Curry speculates, a deal seems unlikely to happen with either of the AL East veterans.

Manny probably still wants regular playing time and Damon is in the same boat.  As of now, the Yankees have committed the everyday designated hitter role to Jorge Posada and the everyday left field job to Brett Gardner.

Unless something changes, don’t look for Manny to don the pinstripes in 2011.

Reds sign outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera to minor league deals

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The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.

Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.

Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.