Via Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions, the Yankees have re-signed RHP Paul Bush, 3B Marcos Vechionacci and OF Edwar Gonzalez to minor league deals. It does not seem any of the three will be brought to big league camp.
Vechionacci is the biggest name of the bunch and was once among the most highly regarded prospects in the Yankees system. His career, though, has been undone by injuries and a general lack of performance. Still just 23, Vechionacci is a good defensive third baseman, but he hit just .212 in Double-A Trenton last year (with career highs of 10 home runs and 113 strikeouts). He’s probably no more than upper-level minor league depth at this point. My guess is he’ll return to Trenton to play off the bench, but that’s just a guess. He could get regular time at third base if the Yankees decide to move Brandon Laird permanently to first.
Bush, 30, was plucked out of independent ball last season when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s pitching staff was thin, but Bush wound up pitching pretty well in Triple-A and Double-A and gives the Yankees some flexibility as a reliever or spot starter.
Gonzalez, 27, seemed to have a breakout year in 2008 when hit .295 with 14 home runs after an early season call-up to Double-A. Sent back to Trenton last year, though, Gonzalez hit just .232 with four home runs. He had some nagging injuries that might have played a part in those numbers. Regardless, he’ll probably go back to Trenton where the outfield crop is thin.
Other familiar names among the latest minor league deals:
1B Josh Phelps and OF Bronson Sardinha have signed with the Rockies, OF Jason Lane has signed with the Marlins, INF Angel Chavez signed with the Rays and LHP Chase Wright re-signed with the Brewers (though we already knew about that one).