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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Cliff Pennington fields out Atlanta Braves' Nick Markakis to first in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Yankees Sign SS Pennington to MiLB Deal

The New York Yankees have a deal with free agent Cliff Pennington.  The deal would see Pennington head to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for now.

Pennington was recently released by the Oakland Athletics after spring training.  The 34-year-old comes to the Yankees with 11 years of major league experience all over the infield.

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Cliff Pennington fields out Atlanta Braves’ Nick Markakis to first in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In 971 career major league games, Pennington hit .242/.309/.339.  Most recently he appeared in 16 games with the Cincinnati Reds in 2018.  He has experience at all four infield positions and left field at the MLB level.

The bulk of his major league playing time has come at shortstop with 609 career games.  He also has 233 career games at second base, with 64 games at third base, three at first base and eight in left-field.

The Yankees signing Pennington makes sense giving that the Yankees have recently lost Troy Tulowitzki to the injured list, forcing them to call up prospect Thairo Estrada.

Pennington is known as a defense-first infielder that does not have much to offer in terms of offensive production.  To make room for Pennington on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre roster, the Yankees had re-assigned infielder Wendell Rijo to the Trenton Thunder.

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