Via Ed Price, the Yanks have signed Eric Milton, their 1996 first round pick, to a minor league deal. The centerpiece in the 1998 deal for Chuck Knoblauch, Milton is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and is still six weeks away from game action. Cashman said this was really just to get “an advance look” for next year. Milton had several solid seasons for the Twins before getting his brains beat in for the Phillies and Reds. How’s the saying go, “there’s no such thing as a bad minor league deal?” Yeah, that’s it.