Yankees sign Chris Bootcheck to minor league deal

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Via Chris Cotillo: The Yankees have signed right-hander Chris Bootcheck to a minor league contract. Cotillo says it was a split contract but no way. Bootcheck is listed on the minor league workout groups but not on the 40-man roster. Minor league deal all the way.

Bootcheck, 34, has not pitched in the big leagues since 2009 with the Pirates. He posted a 4.06 ERA (3.00 FIP) with a 10.76 K/9 (25.9 K%) in 44.1 relief innings for the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate last year. His walk rate (5.28 BB/9 and 12.7 BB%) was astronomical though, which has been a career-long problem. Bootcheck has started seven games in the last six years, so he won’t be that veteran starter the Yankees want to stash in Triple-A. He’s just emergency bullpen depth.

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  • Slu

    Now all they need to do is sign John Coatcheck and all your outerwear can be handled at GMS field.

  • Robinson Tilapia


    Looking at that name was like my singular LSD experience in my early 20’s. Someone handed me my keys about an hour in and I was, like, “My god! I haven’t seen these in years!”

    I swear Chris Bootcheck must have pitched in the 80’s since that feels like the last time I saw his name. Org depth.

    • Poinsettia

      This sounds like a deal that was made when Cashman was being put under for his surgery. Usually phones aren’t allowed in the operating room but I guess Cashman can’t stop making unbelievable deals.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        Maybe Bootcheck can get him a deal on a nice cast boot to wear post operatively

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    “Get on your Bootchecks.”
    -Baseball Bono

  • Ahr Mon

    While Mike Bootycall still waits by the phone…

  • TRR

    The Name is Bootsy, Baby!

  • Rizi Walnuts

    If only his arm is as good as his name.