Jan
12

Yankees sign Royce Ring, David Winfree

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Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees have signed lefty reliever Royce Ring and utility player David Winfree to minor league deals. Ring’s name should be familiar, he’s bounced around quite a bit and spent some time with the Mets. The 29-year-old was the 18th overall pick in 2002, but he hasn’t been able to sustain any type of success in the big leagues. He’s struggled with control, posting a 53-40 K/BB ratio in 65.2 big league innings, and it’s 191-80 in 213.1 IP at the Triple-A level. Ring’s splits against lefties are okay, but nothing special. Some will point to him as a potential replacement for Phil Coke, but I think he’s more of a replacement for Zach Kroenke.

The 24-year-old Winfree is a career .270-.318-.442 hitter in the minors, .273-.317-.460 in Triple-A. He’s spent considerable time at first, third, and in right field in his career, and TotalZone says he sucks at all three spots. I assume the righty hacker is going to take over the Eric Duncan role of filling in at the different corner every day for Triple-A Scranton.

Our Depth Chart has been updated to reflect all the recent minor moves.

Categories : Asides, Minors, Transactions
  • radnom

    “Oh shit, championships locked up now!”

    Alright – there you go, its no longer funny. We can all stop now.

    • A.D.

      Well wait until we get to the spring training invitees

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        I’m hoping we extend STNRIs to Bernie Williams, Tim Raines, Darryl Strawberry, Chad Curtis, Shane Spencer, Ricky Ledee, Mark Whiten, Scott Pose, Ruben Sierra, and, of course, the Iceman.

        Let’s saturation-bomb this LF quandary.

        • Jack

          Chico. Escuela.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            Speaking of Bernie Williams, I was momentarily crestfallen last night/this morning.

            ESPN was reporting that he signed with the Rangers, but apparently he didn’t, it’s just a typo in the headline:

            http://sports.espn.go.com/dall.....id=4816438

            • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

              The use of the single quotation mark should have tipped you off immediately.

              Williams gets bold, all-caps treatment.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                Good point.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    What a coup. I was hoping for Ring, but Winfree too???!?!?!!

  • mike c

    damn rich yankees bought themselves another ring

    • A.D.

      An AAA ring

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Their ring was locked up as soon as they announced Jesus was to start in AAA.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Next to these guys Jesus is going to look like, well, Jesus.

          • mike c

            nobody wants to step in the ring with ring & jesus

  • larryf

    we need bodies for the first 10 spring training games…

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    He’s spent considerable time at first, third, and in right field in his career, and TotalZone says he sucks at all three spots.

    Question: Where do you find these Total Zone numbers for respective players? My quick Googlesearch was fruitless.

  • Rose

    Royce Ring? I thought I ordered the Pu Pu Platter!!

    • Rose

      They’ll most certainly make him shave his beard…

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada
  • Rose

    Dave Winfield??? He’s back??? AWWW BOYYYY!!!!

    Oh…you said Dave Winfree…

    [Sits back down and re-opens books...]

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      (looks up from Juggs magazine)

      Did you say Oprah Winfrey? We signed Oprah Winfrey? SWEET.

      Her speed is a 20, but I hear she’s got lighttower power.

      • Jack

        “Look under your seats everyone. You get a championship! You get a championship! Everybody gets a championship!”

        • SamVa

          IETC

  • pete

    oh.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    Our Depth Chart has been updated to reflect all the recent minor moves.

    Question #2: Did you put Ring higher than WDLR on the depth chart because Ring’s likely ticketed for Scranton, and WDLR is probably going to Trenton?

    Because you could argue that WDLR’s presence on the 40-man trumps the fact that Ring will be pitching at a higher level. Wouldn’t WDLR have a leg up on Ring in the race to be the second lefty in the pen?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I think Ring would get the call first. WDLR’s presence on the 40-man doesn’t the fact that he still has quite a bit of development to do.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Fair enough. I suppose Edwar is still eminently designatable (yes, that’s actually a word) if we want to open a spot.