Yankees sign Ronnie Belliard to minor league deal

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Via Enrique Rojas, the Yankees have signed infielder Enrique Rojas Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. He’ll earn $825,000 if he makes the team.

Mini-Manny suited up for the Dodgers last year, posting a .276 wOBA in 185 plate appearances. He’s a season removed from a .339 wOBA and two seasons removed from a .369 wOBA, so he can hit a little. He spent plenty of time at first, second, and third over the last few years with basically average UZR scores (±1), so he provides a little bit of versatility as well. Hey, minor league contract? Zero complaints here. Let Eduamiro Penunez earn its job.

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Ex-Gov. Paterson forks over $62K World Series fine
Open Thread: Jon Lieber
  • Chris G.

    Um… Check your copy on who they signed.

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

      I … uh … knew that.

      (thanks, fixed)

  • FIPster Doofus

    Solid move.

  • ultimate913

    I was about to say you spelled Eduardo Nunez’s name wrong but then…

    http://knowyourmeme.com/i/681/.....mbnail.jpg (SFW)

    • Rob

      and i like “earn ITS job” lol..as if they are an entity or inadamant object (though perhaps they are, statues maybe, at least at the plate)

  • Rob

    this actually is pretty nice. kinda laughed when i first saw his name bc i forgot about him, but he can def hit. PS I just read that Aceves supposedly will be ready to pitch by March, contrary to the reposrt he’d miss all of 2011. Wonder and hope we’d sign him should he be truly ready to start the season.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      The report that he’d miss all of 2011 was inaccurate.

      • Rob

        right, i hope we sign him. i’m def skeptical that he can bounce right back though. but if he’s ready he’d immediately be a strong starter candidate though. he just knows how to pitch and very even-keeled, we can use a guy like that right about now.

      • mbonzo

        The report that he’d miss all of 2011 was Wallace Matthews’d.

        FTFY

  • bonestock94

    Can he play SS?

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

      Nah, a total of 63 innings at the position since 1999, though they came in 2007 and 2008.

  • Dan

    Enough of the immature and asinine Penunez! Okay Pawaxbak?

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

      We prefer Kabaxikowski.

  • Rob

    A bench of Jones, Belliard, Pena and Cervelli, would be nice, and versatile. And allows us to get some pop in the lineup withou having to use Pena all the time. Keep Maxwell, Golson and Nunez in the minors to begin the year. That would be ideal, should Belliard earn the job obviously. I wonder his splits though, probably not much of complement to Jones, both power, low batting average righties right? But still better than Nunez, Golson and likely even Maxwell given the state of our IF with age, and the ability to stash the others in the minors and less of a need for 5 OFs or a redundant Nunez who could benefit from being in AAA.

    • Rob

      wow never would have though Belliard will be 36 to start the season. definitely thought he was like 33 tops. the power isn’t quite as great as i though it was but solid, especially considering the rest of our bench options are a 0 power, except Jones (and potentially Maxwell).

  • Pat D

    So it would seem that the 25 man roster is more or less set. Belliard competes with Nunez or whoever else for the last bench spot (assuming Pena’s spot is assured), there’s the competition for the #5 starter (assuming Nova is #4, not necessarily a safe assumption) and whoever is the long man in the bullpen (Mitre?).

    I suppose it’s not necessarily such a bad thing to have so many spots assured, that why you can give some looks to the AAA players to see if you could bring them up if needed.