Yankees sign Alex Smith out of indy leagueBy
Via Josh Norris, the Yankees have signed
right-hander left-hander Alex Smith out of the independent Northern League. The 27-year-old spent last season with the independent Newark Bears, pitching to a 3.39 ERA in 111.2 IP spread across 19 starts. He only struck out 56 and walked 52, however. Baseball America says Smith “has arm strength but not a lot of polish or secondary stuff at this stage.” More than likely he’s just minor league filler.