Dec
08

Davidoff: Yankees sign Brian Gordon to minor league deal

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Via Ken Davidoff: The Yankees have signed right-hander Brian Gordon to a minor league contract. You might remember him from those two spot starts he made for the Bombers back in 2011, one against the Rangers (two runs, 5.1 innings) and one against the Reds (four runs, five innings). I assume he received an invitation to Spring Training.

Gordon, 35, moved into the bullpen full-time last season and had a 3.57 ERA (2.45 FIP) with awesome strikeout (9.43 K/9 and 25.4 K%) and walk (1.29 BB/9 and 3.5 BB%) rates in 63 innings for the Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate. He spent the second half of 2011 and all of 2012 pitching in Korea. Gordon is an older guy, but the Yankees definitely need bullpen help and he had an outstanding year in 2013. It’s worth the minor league contract to find out if it was legitimate improvement following the role change or just a fluke.

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  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Uh oh. We scraping for arms, again?

    Just kidding….kind of.

  • KevinD

    Sign as many minor league deals as you can!! Costs nothing and we may hit on a few.

  • forensic

    Ugh…

    • RetroRob

      Don’t worry. If he reappears on the Yankee roster in 2014 it won’t be as a starter, but a mop-up bullpen arm. I hope…

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      You’re too smart to “ugh…” this.

  • Stratman9652

    You may know him as that guy you kept forgetting on the sporcle quiz at the end of 2011.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Depth is depth.

    Depth is good.

    6 inning swingman / low leverage if promoted at all.

  • TWTR

    I have no problem with signing any reliever who isn’t guaranteed a second-year given how up-and-down most relievers’ performances are. So minor league deals are fine.

  • Jimmy

    World Series #28, here we come!!!!!

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      If he closes Game 7, you have to eat the computer you posted this comment on.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner (the rarely spoken-of sibling)

    The return of one of the most random Yankees ever. Remember when he was suddenly acquired and put in the rotation?

    I’ll take a flyer on anyone.

    • Bob Buttons

      Even Carl Pavano or Manny Ramirez?

  • Dalek Jeter

    BRIAN GORDON IS A STAHTING PITCHA!!!!!!

  • ropeadope

    Tom Gordon?

  • JGNYC

    Paul Quantrill? Anyone long for the days of QuanGorMo?

    • forensic

      I can’t believe that was about a decade ago now. I feel old.

      I also remember how Tom Gordon makes Nick Swisher look like a postseason stud.

  • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

    Brian Jordan?