Jan
25

Yankees sign Warner Madrigal

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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.

Categories : Asides, Minors, Transactions

19 Comments»

  1. Matt DiBari says:

    One of my all time favorite baseball names.

  2. Tom Zig says:

    I remember his debut. Shit got ugly…quick.

  3. Andrew says:

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

  4. Monteroisdinero says:

    This move should put us over the top.

  5. coolerking101 says:

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

  6. Greg says:

    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

  7. RalphieD says:

    dude is down right hideous

  8. king of fruitless hypotheticals says:

    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…

  9. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Warner Madrigal aka Frog Boy

  10. Jorge says:

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

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