Yankees sign Warner Madrigal

The RAB Radio Show: January 25, 2011
Rosalinda Padilla, Tony Peña's mother, passes

Via Kevin Golstein, the Yankees have signed right-hander Warner Madrigal to what we can assume is a minor league contract. The 26-year-old made his big league debut with the Rangers in Yankee Stadium back in 2008, where he surrendered Brett Gardner‘s first career hit and got tagged for six runs in just a third of an inning. His big league career features a 5.28 FIP in a measly 48.2 IP, all with Texas. Madrigal is a converted outfielder, and he missed most of 2010 with a forearm strain. His minor league career is short but stellar, featuring a 9.5 K/9 and just a 2.7 uIBB/9 in 208.2 relief innings through the years.

Baseball America ranked Madrigal as Texas’ 14th best prospect prior to 2009, noting a fastball that touched 96 and a swing-and-miss slider. The Triple-A Scranton bullpen is getting pretty crowded, so a few of these guys are going to get stuck playing in Double-A Trenton this summer. But depth is a good thing, zero complaints about a minor league deal.

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The RAB Radio Show: January 25, 2011
Rosalinda Padilla, Tony Peña's mother, passes
  • Timber
    • http://www.superkyle.tk Engelbert

      Sweet Jesus.

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

    One of my all time favorite baseball names.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

    I remember his debut. Shit got ugly…quick.

    • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Yeah how weird is that, I remember it too, and pretty clearly at that. Must have been the combo of it being his first MLB appearance, the whooping he took, and his… Physical appearance (poor man’s Vicente Padilla?).

      • radnom

        The unusual name helps too.

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

    Him and Romulo are scheduled for a sumo wrestling match in Scranton on the 4th of July. It will be to the death.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      FYI, Romulo is out of opitons. spring training is make it or break for him.

      • http://twitter.com/AndrewLeighNYC Andrew

        There you go ruining my hilarious fictional scenario (that wasn’t even that hilarious) with your “baseball facts”.

  • Monteroisdinero

    This move should put us over the top.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Cashman did say we were one SP pitcher away right

  • coolerking101

    You think Marc Prior is regretting signing with the Yanks yet? Yanks are loaded with bullpen options.

    • radnom

      I think the situation is roughly the same for him regardless of the team.

      If he is healthy, he will get a shot. If not, well it doesn’t matter who else is on the roster.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      I doubt it. I’m sure he is just happy to have a job of any sorts.

  • Greg

    At least we’re not the LA Angels.

    Jays just traded Napoli to the Rangers for Frank Francisco and cash.

    So now the Angels are on the clock for Wells’ salary, and they now get to face their traded catcher in the division

  • RalphieD

    dude is down right hideous

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    Big upside is if he makes it, we can move him to the OF for a batter or two and then bring him back in to pitch…he can hit for himself too…

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Warner Madrigal aka Frog Boy

  • Jorge

    I have never seen a pitcher take a bigger dump on the mound than this poor kid’s MLB debut. Welcome aboard.