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Pena, Russo and Whelan among Yankees minor league free agents

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Baseball America has posted its complete list of minor league free agents, [2]and the Yankees group includes some familiar names.

Right-handed pitchers: Jason Bulger, Kelvin Castro, Manny Delcarmen, Grant Duff, John Maine, Ronny Marte, Jon Meloan, Tim Norton, Ramon Ortiz, Kevin Whelan
Left-handed pitchers: Lee Hyde, Mike OConnor, Josh Romanski
Catchers: Jose Gil, Gustavo Molina, Craig Tatum
Infielders: Doug Bernier, Walter Ibarra, Ramiro Pena, Kevin Russo
Outfielders: Edwin Beard, Cole Garner

[3] [4]Whelan, Molina, Russo and Pena saw some big league time in the past few years. Pena, in particular, stuck around for more than 300 at-bats as a defense-first utility infielder. He was called up briefly this season but was ultimately removed from the 40-man, which is why he hit the market.

A lot of the guys on this list were signed as minor league free agents in the first place, so there’s no real surprise in seeing them back on the market. The most interesting name here just might be a guy who never got to New York. Tim Norton was hugely talented reliever who had bursts of great success only to be undone by injuries. In that way, he reminds me of a guy like Alan Horne or Christian Garcia (who finally stayed healthy and got the big leagues with Washington this year).

A few other familiar names who are minor league free agents from other organizations: Jonathan Albaladejo (Diamondbacks), Buddy Carlyle (Braves), Greg Golson (White Sox), Andrew Brackman (Reds), Chad Huffman (Indians), Royce Ring (Rockies), Omir Santos (Rockies), Justin Christian (Giants), Steve Garrison (Mariners), Lance Pendleton (Rays).