The New York Yankees have signed infielder Ruben Tejada to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Tejada batted just .167/.247/.242 in 36 games between the Cardinals and Giants in 2016, hampered somewhat by a strained quad he suffered in spring training. Before that he was with the Mets where, unfortunately, he was most famous for getting his leg broken by Chase Utley. He was pretty useful for the Mets in 2015, however, and can play multiple positions. He’ll be in the running for a backup/utility role for the Bombers in 2017.
KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.
The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.
A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”
Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.