Via Kevin Goldstein, the Yankees have signed Preston Mattingly to a minor league deal.
The son of Yankees great Don Mattingly, Preston is a 24-year-old former first-round draft pick whose career has not advanced beyond Class-A. Originally a middle infielder, he’s moved to the outfield and carries a .232/.276/.335 in six minor league seasons.
Looks like a depth move for one of the lower-level affiliates.
UPDATE, 5:41 p.m.: Somewhat unusual for a minor league signing like this, the Yankees actually sent an official announcement about the Mattingly signing. In the announcement, the Yankees said that Mattingly will report to minor league camp. He will not be invited to big league camp.
The New York Yankees today announced the signing of OF Preston Mattingly to a minor league contract. Mattingly, 24, played at two different levels with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2011, hitting .232 (38-for-164) with five doubles, 5HR and 19RBI in 53 combined games with Single-A Great Lakes and Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Originally drafted by the Dodgers in Compensation Round A of the 2006 First Year-Player Draft, the Evansville, Ind., native is the son of former Yankees first baseman, Don Mattingly.