Yankees sign Reegie Corona & Thomas Neal


According to Matt Eddy, the Yankees have signed infielder Reegie Corona to a minor league deal. The 26-year-old spent the 2004-2011 seasons in the organization and was even on the 40-man roster for two years for no apparent reason. He’s healthy after suffering a brutal arm injury in a collision with an outfielder in July 2010 and has had a decent stint in winter ball. Corona is just infield depth for Double and Triple-A, essentially filling the role of the recently-released Yadil Mujica.

In other news, the Yankees have signed Thomas Neal according to the outfielder’s Twitter feed. I assume it’s another minor league deal. The 25-year-old was recently released by the Indians to clear room on the 40-man roster for Nick Swisher. He had a huge year in the hitter-friendly High-A California League a few seasons ago but otherwise has hit much in recent years, including a .289/.343/.391 line in 70 career Triple-A games. As a right-handed hitting outfielder with a .316/.382/.412 batting line against southpaws over the last two seasons, you have to figure he’ll get a look in Spring Training.

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  1. MannyGeee says:

    So for everyone complaining about losing out on Swisher, you’re welcome. It was like a sign & trade, Swisher for Thomas Neal and a Comp pick. Success!

  2. You should have shot Arod says:

    Your 2013 New York Yankees …
    Wait maybe they sign Manny to a minor league try out in ST
    to drink beer and eat chicken with ukselessness.

    • hogsmog says:

      Dude, isn’t Youkilis supposed to be the hardest-working guy ever or something?

      • Cool Lester Smooth (formerly YanksFanInBeantown) says:

        Yeah, he got unpopular in the clubhouse last year and the year before because he was calling Becket et al out for not trying.

        He’s the Red Sox version of Paul O’Neill.

  3. Jersey Joe says:

    I really like them just raking in all of the RH OF.

    Also, just spitballing, would the Giants do a Phil Hughes – Gary Brown swap?

    Gary Brown just had a down year. Giants signed Pagan for five years, and they are looking for corner OF to go with Pagan. It seems like they’ve given up on him. Hughes is a good fit in SF, and Brown could use a hitter’s park, even if he is RH. Would the Giants accept, then sign Hughes? Brown would be perfect, adding to the speed and defense that we need. If he can back on track, it would be a steal.

    • MannyGeee says:

      San Fran kind of is a hitters park though, isnt it?

      That being said, if Phil is not in the plans post 2013, I would not be opposed to the FO looking into finding some value for him. And I am a Hughes fan…

      • Blake says:

        San Fran is a a pretty extreme pitchers park actually. AT&T park was ranked next to last in ESPNs park factor for offense in 2012….only Safeco was tougher and in 2011 it was last

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Not sure the Giants would be looking for one year of a SP.

  4. dalelama says:

    Another great Cashman “ninja” move…..1965 here we come…

  5. dasani says:

    I hope this is just for minor league depth and nothing more

  6. Ppiddy says:

    Neal and Canzler have more power than Dickerson, if you look at the numbers. Who knows, maybe one of them can surprise us. Let them fight it out for RH outfield position, and then sign a DH from the scrapheap of remaining free agents. Might catch lightning in a bottle with another Ibanez but from the right side …

  7. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

    Thomas Neal and Russ Canzler.

    Never a good sign picking up rejects off waivers from a 94 loss team.
    Hopefully these are just AAA depth moves and neither will ever be depended upon to help the big club.

    • RetroRob says:

      Nothing to be concerned about either way. Teams are always plucking fringe players from other teams. Golson’s gone, replaced by Dickerson. Dickerson gone, replaced by Neal. Depth. And every once in a while a one of these guys pays offf. Canzler’s bat could help the Yankees. Don’t know much about Neal beyond he’s 25 and was ranked in BA’s top 100 prospects a couple years back.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Your logic is air-tight, as usual!

  8. Greg says:

    Wasn’t Joe Pepitone available?

  9. Pistol Pete says:

    How about Jake Gibbs?

  10. 189,189,189, says:

    These signings put the yankees over the top…now get u get me some 1500 dollars seats……..

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