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A few notes and links: Yankees add catching depth

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 13, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Obviously Josh Hamilton signing with the Angels is the news of the day, and the Yankees aren’t going to steal any headlines by signing a former Angels backup.

Making a minor addition to their catching competition, the Yankees have reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with Bobby Wilson. He played in 75 games for the Angels last season, has been a backup catcher the past three years, and seems to fit right with Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli as a long-time backup who’s never hit much in the big leagues.

It’s not a headline move, but it’s also a minor league contract. Doesn’t hurt to have him.

• From Buster Olney: Ichiro Suzuki’s agreement with the Yankees seems inevitable, and when he signs, Ichiro will officially turn down a two-year, $14 million offer from the Phillies. That seems to make it all but certain that the Yankees will have to go two years as well.

• Scott Hairston seems to fit the Yankees need for a right-handed outfielder, but Hairston has told ESPN New York that he wants a multi-year deal. Can’t help wondering how that will affect the Yankees pursuit.

• According to Jim Bowden, the Indians are “aggressive” in their pursuit of Nick Swisher. Obviously Swisher would replace Shin-Soo Choo in right field. The market for Swisher still seems fairly wide open. He’s been connected to a lot of teams. Have to think his situation could come into focus after Josh Hamilton signs somewhere.

The Red Sox are adding Ryan Dempster to their rotation. Dempster has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $26.5-million deal.




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