Yankees tell Jesus Montero to skip winter ball

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Jesus Montero won’t participate in winter ball after the Yankees decided he’s played enough games this year, according to Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News.

Montero played 109 games at Triple-A prior to being called up on September 1 and got into 18 more games for the Yankees down the stretch, totaling 532 plate appearances overall.

He caught 91 of those 127 games, although Montero was behind the plate just three times in five weeks following his promotion to the majors.

He’s in line to be the Yankees’ regular designated hitter as a 22-year-old rookie next season after going 20-for-61 (.328) with four homers, four doubles, and seven walks in his debut.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.