Denorfia joins Shane Victorino (Cubs), Will Venable (Indians), and David Murphy (Red Sox) as veteran outfielders to sign minor-league deals since the beginning of spring training. He will compete for a spot off the Yankees' bench, giving the team some right-handed hitting depth behind a starting outfield of Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.
Denorfia, 35, spent last season with the Cubs, posting a .269/.319/.373 line while hitting three home runs in 103 games. The veteran has spent time with the Reds (2005-06), Athletics (2008-09), Padres (2010-14), Mariners (2014) and Cubs (2015) since breaking into the majors, and has posted a lifetime .272/.330/.392 line.
As our updated free-agent tracker shows, Denorfia is the first major-league free-agent to sign with the Yankees this winter (albeit on a minor-league deal).