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Yankees sign several players to minor league deals

The New York Yankees announced via their transactions page on Thursday that they have signed four players to minor league contracts, including one that was previously reported by Pinstriped Prospects, but was unofficial until today.

Notable on the list is Ender Inciarte, a centerfielder who previously played parts of eight seasons (2014-2021) for the Atlanta Braves. Inciarte averaged .280 over that time with a .716 OPS, but of late has been slumping a bit, with a .215 BA and .592 OPS in 2021.

The 31-year old Inciarte was a 2017 all-star selection and is a three-time Gold Glove award winner. This is an example of what Yankee fans can expect of Inciarte:

Others that the Yankees signed to deals include Wilkerman Garcia, who missed the entirety of the 2021 season due to injury. If he sounds familiar, that’s because he spent the majority of the 2019 season in then High-A Tampa (165 games), but also spent 86 games with Low-A Charleston and 16 games between the two GCL teams.

Blake Perkins, a switch-hitting CF that last played for Kansas City’s AA affiliate, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, hitting .202 with a .651 OPS in 72 games. The 25-year-old was originally drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2015 as their 2nd round pick, 69th overall.

Our Matt Kardos reported in November that Vinny Nittoli had agreed to a deal with the Yankees, but it had not been made official until today.

The 25th rounder in the 2014 draft made his big league debut in 2021 for Seattle shortly before being DFA’d and latching on with the Twins. The 31-year old righty held a 5.05 ERA in 41 IP in his minor league time with the St. Paul Saints and Tacoma Rainiers last season. Nittoli has been used primarily as a reliever and only makes 1-2 inning appearances at a time.

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Originally a native of Southern Connecticut, John has lived in the Tampa area since 2010 and has been a Tarpons fan since 2012. John is excited to bring you along as the Baby Bombers work their way up to The Bronx.

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