Back in September the Yankees acquired Brendan Ryan from the Mariners as emergency infield help even though he wouldn’t have even been eligible for the playoffs and now they’re close re-signing the free agent, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
No word on the exact money yet, but Sherman says it’ll be a “small” contract and the Yankees view Ryan as a fallback option at shortstop in case Derek Jeter once again struggles to get healthy.
Ryan is 32 years old and has long been one of the majors’ worst hitters, but he’s an elite defensive shortstop capable of spectacular highlight-reel plays along with excellent advanced metrics.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.