Jan
04

Yanks sign Adam Miller, Cole Garner to minor league deals

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Via Matt Eddy, the Yankees have signed RHP Adam Miller and OF Cole Garner to minor league contracts. We heard that they were close to signing Miller way back during the Winter Meetings. The 27-year-old was the 31st overall pick back in 2003, but career-threatening ligament damage in his finger hampered his development. You can see the damaged finger on his Twitter page (it’s not gross). Even if it doesn’t work out, I’m still very interested to see him in Spring Training.

As for Garner, Baseball America ranked him as the 22nd best prospect in the Rockies’ system in last year’s Prospect Handbook. He put together a .392 wOBA for Colorado’s Triple-A affiliate last year, then picked up a pair of knocks in his first taste of the big leagues late in the season. The 27-year-old is a right-handed hitter and an extra outfielder type, just some depth.

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10 Comments»

  1. Plank says:

    One thing the Yankees really need is a warm body on the 40 man they can ship from AAA to MLB to play OF whenever people are on the DL. Does Garner fit the bill?

    • whozat says:

      They already have that on the 40-man (Maxwell), but they’ll probably have to jettison him at some point before the season. This guy is someone they can add to the 40-man after they put people on the 60 day DL dump the rule 5 picks, etc.

      • Plank says:

        Yeah, Maxwell would be perfect, but he’s out of options. He can’t be sent down without (likely) losing him to another team.

        • whozat says:

          Right…which is why I said “they’ll probably have to jettison him at some point before the season,” and referred to Garner as “someone they can add to the 40-man after they put people on the 60-day DL, dump the Rule 5 picks, etc.”

  2. Mister Delaware says:

    Give me guys like Adam Miller every day. Talent unfulfilled is always better than never talented.

  3. Jumpin' Jack Swisher says:

    I love a good scrap heap lottery ticket.

  4. Mister Delaware says:

    Anyone else surprised to see Joba doing his rehab on the basketball court for Xavier (#32)?

    (Is this just a lame reason to tie the Yankees to my school beating Xavier tonight? Yes. Yes, it is.)

  5. GIo says:

    We also signed Dewayne Wise…

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