Bill Hall signs with the Yankees

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Utilityman Bill Hall has signed with the Yankees. This was first reported by … Bill Hall:

Hey, guys who backup A-Rod once in a while get a ring if the Yankees win it all too.

Hall is coming off a horrible season, but he has some power and can play multiple positions, so it works.  And it’s not like it’s a big commitment:  minor league deal with a $600,000 base salary if he makes the team and $600,000 more in incentives based on plate appearances.  He can opt out of the deal if he’s not on the major league roster by April 4.

Former major league pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez dies in traffic accident

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Former Phillies right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in a traffic accident in Havana on Thursday, per reports from the El Nuevo Herald and CiberCuba. No other deaths or injuries have been reported in connection to the accident. Gonzalez was 34 years old.

The Cuban righty defected from his home country in 2013 and signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Phillies. A bout of right shoulder tendinitis compromised his bid for a major league role, but he finally broke through to the big leagues at the tail end of the 2014 season and turned in a 6.75 ERA, 5.1 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 in just six outings. Another case of shoulder inflammation derailed any progress he might have made in 2015, however, and he recorded just five innings in Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the team officially released him prior to the 2016 season.

The Phillies released a statement following news of Gonzalez’s death: