The New York Yankees have been hit with several injuries of varying severity of late, but have yet to make any moves in response them. The Bronx Bombers did reportedly make a small move Tuesday, but it seems to be more of the minor-league depth variety than anything else.
Chris Bootcheck’s tough offseason has come to an end, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. The New York Yankees have signed the 34-year old right-hander to a split contract that does not include an invite to major league camp.
Bootcheck hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2009. After five seasons in the Angels' bullpen and a quick stop in Pittsburgh, Bootcheck took his services overseas and threw for the Yokohama BayStars (NPB) and Lotte Giants (KBO) in 2010 and 2011.
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The right-hander returned stateside part way through 2011, signing on with the Rays on a minor-league deal. He posted a solid 3.57 ERA and 7.4 K/9 rate in 58 innings with Tampa Bay's Triple-A club then moved on into the Tigers' minor-league system last year, where he put up a 4.06 ERA in 44⅓ innings.
In parts of six big-league seasons, Bootcheck owns a 6.54 ERA and 1.64 K/BB ratio in 147⅓ innings.
He will likely start the year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but could make his way up to the Bronx if injuries continue to hamper the club.