A bit of minor league news while we’re waiting for an official announcement on the Yankees non-tender class of 2009.
Former first-round pick Eric Duncan has signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves. When I talked to Duncan a few days ago, he was close to a deal but it wasn’t finished. He’s expecting to be assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves could use Duncan as a corner utility man, using him at first, third, left field and designated hitter, kind of like he was used this year in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Braves previously re-signed another third baseman, Wes Timmons, to a minor league deal.
The latest list of Baseball America minor league transactions also has word on Josh Towers going to the Dodgers, T.J. Beam to the Diamondbacks and Chad Moeller to the Orioles. But we already knew about those. Otherwise, unless I overlooked it, no other Yankees free agents are listed.
The only Yankees signing mentioned is outfielder Jon Weber, but we already knew that one as well.
Meanwhile, while I’m waiting for the Yankees’ non-tender announcement, I’m once again watching the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert on HBO. While I was typing this post, Metallica started playing Enter Sandman.
Somewhere, a baseball game must be ending.