Just one week after signing a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees, first baseman Mat Gamel has been released. The brother of Yankee prospect Ben Gamel, Mat was attempting a comeback after missing the last two seasons with ACL tears.
The 29-year-old has not seen in-game action since 2012, when he hit .246 in 75 plate appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers. The former Brewers prospect has appeared in just 106 Major League games since debuting in 2008.
In seven seasons at the minor league level, Gamel has hit .304/.376/.498 with 105 home runs while driving in 503 runs in 746 games played.
It was expected that, should he stick with the organization, he’d end up with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders platooning with fellow first baseman Kyle Roller. He did not appear in a single Spring Training game for the Yankees before being cut.