Report: Yanks ink Luis Vizcaino to a minor league deal

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Around an hour ago, we heard some rumblings out of the Dominican Republic that the Yanks had signed Luis Vizcaino to a one-year, $1.8 million deal. That rumor didn’t make sense, as Vizcaino, 36, had missed all of the 2010 season. But the Viz will be returning to the Yanks at least for Spring Training. As Marc Carig confirmed, the Yanks signed Vizcaino to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite. If he makes the team, he’ll earn $750,000.

Vizcaino, an 11-year veteran, spent the 2007 season on the Yanks. He went 8-2 with a 4.30 ERA in 75.1 innings and made a whopping 77 appearances en route to being Torre’d. He took the ball just 43 times in 2008 and only 15 times in 2009 before finding himself unemployed for 2010. A recent report on MLB.com said that he had “re-kindled new interest with his effectiveness in the Dominican Winter League.” During the DWL, he has thrown 11.2 innings, giving up one run on six hits and three walks while striking out 11. He’s allowed just one hit in his last nine appearances, and with Tony Peña as his manager, he has a close connection to the Yanks. This is a low-risk, medium-reward move, but I’m not going to expect too much from Vizcaino.

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  • wow

    Hooray.

  • Gonzo

    Typing from a phone, so can’t check right now, but didn’t a Vizcaino comp pick turn into something good?

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

      Jeremy Bleich

      • Gonzo

        Thanks.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      It turned into Jeremy Bleich. We’ll see if that ends up being good or not.

      • Gonzo

        I had hope before the injury.

    • http://twitter.com/Carlosological Carlosologist

      The pick we got from Vizcaino leaving turned into Jeremy Bleich.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    Luis Vizcaino was traded up front for Justin Duchscherer once. I found that very amusing.

  • http://twitter.com//TylerWilkinson T-Dubs

    Cashman is asleep at the wheel! Theo would have gotten Vizcaino to play for free!! PANIC MOVE!!

  • http://none Angel

    remember Tony Peña is his manager in the DWL…he has been touching 94-96mph

  • Jorge

    I love the approach of throwing sh*t at the sh*t that’s already been thrown at the wall and seeing what sticks. Cashman really does not think much of what other teams seem to be throwing way too much money at.

    • Poopy Pants

      To be fair, he’s already thrown $200 million at the wall. It’s not like they’re going with a $50 million payroll.

  • Rey22

    AL Cy Young, here we come!

    • ultimate913

      AL Cy Young Something, here we come are!

      • ultimate913

        Fail. Nevermind.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Viz Markie, and they said he was just a friend.

  • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    Well, this is a move.

  • brian g

    that’s good. the bullpen is very much of a “throw it at the wall and see what sticks” deal. it’s always a crapshoot….one year one guy is good, the next he kinda stinks and vice versa. i think one of my favorite guys lately in the pen was Aceves. alfredo aceves. man, oh man, i was really hoping for him to start a nice little career there. too bad he can’t stay healthy though.

    okay, though joba back to the rotation i’m starting to think. he might get it finally after three years. i think he might be better there.

  • anthony

    Does anyone know where i can find stats for the dominican winter league ??

    • http://none Angel

      milb.com

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Didn’t he always wear 4-5 of those magnet necklaces?

  • Yanks

    The yankees mlb website and Yesnetwork seriously lacks genuine news. I am fed up of the obsession with whether the red sox talked to Rivera. Why the fuck do we care if they did, we have our man.

    Lets make some news or just save up on space…Mo news is NO news anymore, so is this Luis Vizcaino.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ngoral Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Nostalgia… eh. Are the Yankees signing Pavano next?

    • http://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

      Old Home Week started last year with Vazquez, Johnson and Thames.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    I’m ready for a signing we can actually be excited about.

    Sigh.

  • Andrew

    i hate that this is all the Yankees have been doing all offseason. Like so many quality relievers were ont the market? what would you rather have? Bobby Jenks for 2 years 8 million or Prior/Vizciano/Sisco/your mom/ and the other 4 players they’ve given a 1 year 750K. Makes no sense to me

    • brockdc

      Exactly. Maybe it wouldn’t be such a horrible thing if spring training didn’t start next week, but…oh, wait: it doesn’t.

    • steve (different one)

      Does it make a little more sense when you remember that Jenks got $12M, not $8M?

  • Cito Wordekemper

    An 11 IP sample in the Dominican league? Are u F-ing kidding me?

    The other shoe has offically dropped……

    • steve (different one)

      MINOR.LEAGUE.DEAL.

  • Jeffrey

    I doubt that the stats from the Dominican league entered into the decision at all. It was probably more how healthy he is and how he is throwing. He has been a pretty good reliever when he has been healthy and he is only 36 so he might have a year or two left.

    It wouldn’t surprise me to see Vizcaiano become a decent middle reliever for the Yankees this year. Not a very significant move, but it costs basically nothing. Cheap shots at the team for this are too easy and misplaced.

  • AndrewYF

    His Yankee career previously ended by giving up the series-winning hit for Cleveland in the 2007 playoffs.

    • Poopy Pants

      With an assist from retard Torre.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Minor league depth move for the Yanks. If he does well during ST he makes the team if he does not he probably has an opt out and the Yankees pay him virtually nothing. Can’t really see the downside to this move considering the Yankees top of the pen with Rivera, Robertson, Joba, Feliciano is basically set.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Someone get a fire extinguisher. The Yankee hot stove is burning out of control.

  • http://aandecili@comcast.net tony73

    what i think is “Trashman”need’s to go to the”STEINBRNRS.”& ASK FOR MORE MONEY TO BY “WHEELCHAIR’S& WALKER’S”& to have (2)”Perametic’s on stand-by…