Yankees re-sign four to minor league contracts


Via Matt Eddy: The Yankees have re-signed LHP Juan Cedeno, LHP Francisco Rondon, OF Abe Almonte, and OF/DH Cody Johnson to minor league contracts. All four players became six-year minor league free agents at the end of the season.

Cedeno (29-year-old lefty reliever) and Almonte (speedy 23-year-old outfielder) could actually help the big league team as soon as 2013. Both players will be exposed to the Rule 5 Draft this December unless added to 40-man roster by the November 20th deadline — I doubt they will be, otherwise the Yankees would have done it to avoid letting them hit free agency — but the risk that they stick with a club next year is worth the reward of not clogging up the 40-man with more fringy prospect types. Both guys are nice depth pieces to have in the high minors.

Categories : Asides, Minors, Transactions


  1. Gonzo says:

    Hope those guys finally make some decent money with these contacts.

  2. The Moral Majority is Neither says:

    It’d be nice if the Yankees could add one new pitcher and one new position player from the minors every year into a regular role.

    Cano, a great trophy of the farm system, is a year from agency. Hopefully Austin, Williams, Heathcott and Sanchez can get here and we can avoid another drought.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Like Nova and Nunez in 2011, or Phelps in 2012?

      There are a lot of prospects and some will probably make it, but they can’t just make worthy, healthy prospects appear out of thin air. Who would you have given a chance to this season that’s a legit position prospect?

  3. The Moral Majority is Neither says:

    Interesting that Christian Garcia, Phil Hughes’ 2004 draft compatriot, got some major league innings with the Nats. If he joins Clippard as an impact bullpen arm I’ll be happy for him but a little sad. I had high hopes for that 2004 draft.

  4. Neil says:

    What could Granderson give us back in a trade theoretically? 1 A/A- prospect, 1 B/B- prospect, and a 4th OF type too much?

    • Steve (different one) says:

      I think that’s too much, but what do I know….

      • Robinson Tilapia (never missed an opportunity to namedrop Chuck Cary) says:

        I’d say two B prospects and filler…..unless the Yanks are offering more and the receiving team finds value in a 40 HR hitting OF with one year left on his contract.

  5. Robinson Tilapia (never missed an opportunity to namedrop Chuck Cary) says:

    Nice news on Cedeno. Could be an interesting LHP bullpen option next season in Rapada finds himself elsewhere or can’t repeat 2012.

  6. Flyer7 says:

    Cedeno and Rapada should be able to handle the LH relieve roles freeling Boone Logan to be a part of a trade package esp since Boone may be experiencing the effects of Proctor/Gordon/Quantrill overuse/itis…

  7. jerseyguy916 says:

    If this kid Cedeno is the same hard thrower Yanks brought to ST prior to this season, he could make an impact. I was certain he would stick, until injury knocked him out for the year. Obviously, Yanks see something they like.

  8. The Moral Majority is Neither says:

    Any updates on Cesar Cabral?

    The tragedy of Alan Horne not making the Yankees is what Girardi would have called him.

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