The Yankees have officially announced the Mark Prior signing, and they’ve added a list of spring training invitations that includes a few new players who have agreed to minor league deals. I’m a big fan of the Doug Bernier signing. He didn’t hit with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2009, but the coaching staff loved the guy, and he can really play some defense. If it’s only for help at Triple-A, he’s a good guy to have in the organization. Here’s the press release.
The New York Yankees today announced they have signed seven players to minor league contracts with invitations to Major League spring training, including right-handed pitcher Mark Prior.
Prior, 30, was originally selected by the Yankees in the first round (43rd overall pick) of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, but instead chose to attend Vanderbilt University. He was later selected by the Chicago Cubs as the second overall pick of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. He owns a 42-29 career record with a 3.51 ERA (657.0 IP, 256 ER) in 106 Major League starts over parts of five seasons with the Cubs (2002-06). In 2003, Prior went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA and was selected to the National League All-Star team, placing third in the N.L. Cy Young Award voting. He last appeared in the Majors in 2006 and has missed the last four seasons recovering from shoulder surgeries performed in 2007 and 2008.
In August 2010, the San Diego, Calif., native signed with the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League, where he did not allow an earned run in nine relief appearances (11.0IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, 5BB, 22K). In September, he signed with Triple-A Oklahoma City—a Texas Rangers affiliate—where he tossed 1.0 scoreless inning in relief (2H, 1BB, 2K).
RHP Brian Anderson, 28, saw his first action as a pitcher in 2010, combining to make 14 appearances (four starts) with the ASL Royals, Single-A Burlington and Triple-A Omaha (0-0, 2.08 ERA). Originally drafted by Chicago-AL in the first round (15th overall pick) of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Anderson converted to pitcher following the 2009 season, having spent the first seven seasons (2003-09) of his professional career as an outfielder in the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox organizations. He has appeared in 355 career Major League games as a position player, batting .227 (181-for-799) with 108 runs, 47 doubles, 22 home runs and 80 RBI.
INF Doug Bernier, 30, will attend his second spring training with the Yankees after also being signed as a non-roster invitee in 2009. Bernier has played in two Major League games in his career, going 0-for-4 with Colorado in 2008. In 69 games with Triple-A Indianapolis in 2010, Bernier hit .240 (48-for-200) with 14 doubles, one home run and 15 RBI. Originally signed by Colorado as a non-drafted free agent in 2002, he owns a .238 (576-for-2,420) career minor league batting average with 101 doubles, 12 triples, 20 home runs and 239 RBI in 809 games.
RHP Buddy Carlyle, 33, spent the 2010 season pitching for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League, going 0-3 with a 4.88 ERA in seven appearances (27.2IP, 35H, 18R, 15ER, 11BB, 14K, 2HR). He last appeared in the Major Leagues in 2009, pitching with Atlanta and going 0-1 with an 8.86 ERA (21.1 IP, 21 ER) in 16 relief appearances. In 104 career Major League appearances (27 starts) with San Diego (1999-2000), Los Angeles-NL (2005) and Atlanta (2007-09), he is 11-11 with a 5.61 ERA (245.2 IP, 153 ER). Carlyle was originally selected by Cincinnati in the second round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft.
LHP Neal Cotts, 30, was originally selected by Oakland in the second round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft. He owns a 10-12 record with a 4.63 ERA (256.1 IP, 132 ER) in 284 appearances (five starts) over seven Major League seasons (2003-09). Cotts was signed by Pittsburgh to a minor league contract and invited to spring training in 2010, but missed the entire season recovering from “Tommy John” surgery performed in July 2009.
C Gustavo Molina, 28, spent the majority of the 2010 season with Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .241 (27-for-112) with eight home runs and 18 RBI in 35 games. He also played in four games with Boston, going 1-for-7 (.143). Molina has played in 23 career Major League games with Chicago-AL (2007), Baltimore (2007), New York-NL (2008) and Boston (2010), making 11 starts at catcher. The Venezuela native was originally signed by Chicago-AL as a non-drafted free agent on January 3, 2000.
LHP Andy Sisco, 27, made 48 relief outings for Double-A Richmond in 2010, going 4-4 with one save and a 4.32 ERA (66.2 IP, 32 ER). In 151 career Major League outings with Kansas City (2005-06) and Chicago-AL (2007), he has gone 3-9 with one save and a 5.18 ERA (147.2 IP, 85 ER). Sisco was originally drafted by Chicago-AL in the second round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.