The Yankees announced today they have come to terms with RHP Jared Burton on a minor league contract and an invite to spring training.
Burton, 33, spent the last three seasons with the Minnesota Twins after five seasons with the Cincinnati Reds organization. Last season he was 3-5 with a 4.36 ERA over 68 games out of the bullpen for the Twins. In total he owns an 18-19 record with a 3.44 ERA over 367 major league games, all in relief.
Originally drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the eighth round of the 2002 First-Year-Player Draft, he last pitched in the minors was in 2011 when he pitched in 11 games for the Louisville Bats and 3 games for the Arizona League Reds. The Reds selected him in the 2006 Rule-5 draft and made his MLB debut on April 4, 2007. Over the years he has dealt with several injuries including a hamstring strain in 2007, strained chest muscle in 2008, and shoulder inflammation in 2011.
Burton will battle for many for a bullpen spot. His likely destination would be Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2015 if he remains with the Yankees.