Left-hander Jose De Paula has signed with the Yankees, but instead of the usual minor-league contract for the 26-year-old career minor leaguer he gets a big-league deal with a spot on the 40-man roster.
De Paula spent this season pitching for the Giants at Triple-A, where he had a 4.21 ERA and 41/16 K/BB ratio in 51 innings. He had a similarly unimpressive 3.86 ERA and 57/11 K/BB ratio in 75 innings at Double-A for the Padres in 2013.
Clearly the Yankees think De Paula has a lot more upside than his mediocre numbers would suggest, perhaps believing a full-time move to the bullpen would benefit him.
The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?
Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.