NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: General manager Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees speaks to the media after the game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed due to rain on July 8, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, the New York Yankees signed Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia. Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger reports that the contract is a minor league deal worth $400K over one year. As Carig notes, the contracts is worth significantly less than a previous report back in March that had Garcia "getting offered a six-year, $16 million deal."
Badler writes that Garcia spent his winter playing in Venezuela, where he was primarily a left-fielder.
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"Garcia, a 26-year-old righthanded hitter, is only 5-foot-7, 180 pounds and doesn't have any standout tools, so it's hard for scouts to see him fitting in as a big league regular. However, he has a strong track record of hitting in Cuba's top league, Serie Nacional. His bat is advanced enough that he figures to reach Double-A or Triple-A quickly."