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

28 Comments»

  1. radnom says:

    “Oh shit, championships locked up now!”

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

  2. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

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

  3. mike c says:

    damn rich yankees bought themselves another ring

  4. larryf says:

    we need bodies for the first 10 spring training games…

  5. 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.

  6. Rose says:

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

  7. Rose says:

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

    Oh…you said Dave Winfree…

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

  8. 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?

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