Eddy: Yankees re-sign Jose Campos to minor league contract

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According to Matt Eddy, the Yankees have re-signed right-hander Jose Campos to a minor league contract. Campos was non-tendered a few weeks ago along with David Huff and Slade Heathcott. Last week Brian Cashman confirmed they were hoping to re-sign both Campos and Heathcott to minor league deals. There’s no word on whether they’ve re-signed Heathcott yet.

Campos, 22, was the other player the Yankees received in the Jesus MonteroMichael Pineda trade a few years ago. He was a very good pitching prospect at the time but has battled elbow injuries these last three seasons, including Tommy John surgery that cost him the entire 2014 season. Campos has a 3.55 ERA (3.23 FIP) in only 111.2 innings since the trade, all with Low-A Charleston.

Last we heard, Campos was throwing from 90 feet as part of his rehab, though that was way back in early-October. The typical Tommy John surgery rehab schedule would have him throwing off a mound by now and introducing breaking balls very soon if he hasn’t already. The Yankees could be taking it slow after a series of elbow injuries, of course. Either way, he should be game ready at some point early in 2015.

Once healthy and all rehabbed from the elbow reconstruction, I expect Campos to head to High-A Tampa next summer and spend the remainder of the season there. It’ll be interesting to see if the Yankees move him into the bullpen after two major elbow injuries in the last three years. There’s always been some thought Campos would be best suited for relief due to his delivery and his secondary pitches. We’ll see.

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  • RetroRob

    Not unexpected and good to have the arm back in the system. Like Banuelos this season, they’ll have him on a very controlled schedule. Probably 2016 before he can really air it out again.

  • blake

    Yay!

  • http://www.google.com/ Tanuki Tanaka

    If he was gone it wouldn’t really sting but obviously better to have more tickets for lotteries.

  • Bigdan

    To me, much more valuable then Heathcott. Campos had a good arm. He had good fastball with supposedly excellent command. Seems like a bullpen candidate but let’s see what Patterson can do for him. Good move by FO to get him off the 40 but still keep him in the system.

  • Bigdan

    Dodgers. $10MM for Anderson with $4MM in incentives. These guys are throwing around some serious cash.

    • blake

      They have spend 65 million on some seriously injury risk pitchers

      • CashmanNinja

        I love Anderson’s potential, but he cannot stay healthy. Ever. They probably had to be careful he didn’t sprain his wrist signing that contract.

      • Austinmac

        Whenever we criticize the amount someone cost, we should reflect that a guy who hasn’t been healthy for even a half season since 2010 gets $10M. It’s a new day, I guess.

        • Bigdan

          I was thinking maybe $3-4MM? $10MM guaranteed. Could go to $14MM. That’s crazy.

        • Joey Domingues

          10m for potential is scary,,, I dont care if he is 26, 23, 28 age is not a huge factor, this guy is damaged goods. These moves tend to blow p so often, and only RUIN the pitching market for teams trying to get guys from the bargain bin…. As Yankees fans we usually do not concern ourselves with this issue, however recently we have been frequent visitors to the bargain bin….

    • Joey Domingues

      Dodgers are acting like a big market team still even with the slight “supposive” makeover. These moves resemble the Dodgers of recent years. I’m confused.,.,.,

  • Joey Domingues

    Campos will be a good bullpen arm one day. I like this signing no risk!

  • vicki

    on behalf of all stuff queens, good news.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      “Stuff queens.” So many places to go there.

      • vicki

        nope. just the one.

  • BillyBall

    Im very happy we resigned Campos. I truly hope we resign Slade Heathcott. I do understand his injury history but I also know he has talent which cannot be taught and he is still young. The window for him is so narrow but I wouldn’t give up on that window just yet unless there is something we do not know about as far as his health or mental state?

    Anderson was a good risk signing and I’m thinking the Yankees were in as per MLB trade rumors but he probably wanted more to come to the East Coast which is not worth the risk since we do have a young Banuelos hopefully ready for the show.

    • captainmike

      ten million for a pitcher that hasn’t been healthy in 4 years is stupid in my book

      • vicki

        your book? i thought it was dumb too, but your saying so makes me think the dodgers may have made a hell of a deal.

    • Preston

      Manny Banuelos made 16 starts at AA last season with an FIP over 5, and 4 starts at AAA with an FIP of 5.56. Hopefully another year removed from TJS he starts to look more like the guy he was before the injury. But even then his lower level dominance hadn’t yet translated to AAA yet. And considering that we currently only have 3 real starting pitchers all with injury issues, whether or not the team views Banuelos 2015 impact more favorably shouldn’t have affected their pursuit of Anderson. It’s just that paying a guy who hasn’t pitched 50 innings in a season the last three years 10 MM guaranteed is pretty silly.

  • blake

    @JeffPassan: Yankees, Braves and Royals were runners-up for Brett Anderson, who goes to the Dodgers for one year and $10M. Incentives start at 150 IP.

    • CashmanNinja

      Interesting that the Yankees were targeting him. I guess they probably offered a very incentive heavy contract instead of the guaranteed $$ that the Dodgers gave him.

  • Frodo

    I remember when everyone was insisting that Campos was going to be the steal of that trade, LOL!!

    • Preston

      He still could be. He sat 92-95 as a starter and had great fastball command. After two years of elbow problems he’s probably never going to make it as a big league starter. But it’s not hard picturing him being a really good reliever.

    • RetroRob

      Fiction. He was termed a lottery ticket.

  • Havok9120

    Hooray. No one will need to renounce their fandom now.

    • Austinmac

      Not even for Heathcott? Solarte? Did you know Roberts was gone?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Heathcott hasn’t been resigned and it’s almost a certainty Refsnyder starts the year in Triple A. Plenty of time for fandoms to be renounced.

  • andrewyf

    How does minor league free agency work with a guy like Campos? Does it reset the clock, or will he still be eligible after 6 years of minor league play? Also, is he going to be exposed to the Rule 5 draft again after 2015?

    • Chip

      He still meets the criteria for Rule 5 so I would expect that he will be eligible again.

    • http://riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Once you become a minor league free agent or are released, you become a free agent after every season. Doesn’t matter if he didn’t reach the six years first. That’s what happened with Quintana. He played only five years in the minors but became a free agent after 2011 because the Mets had previously released him.

      • Preston

        So at the end of the year they either need to put him back on the 40 man or hope that he re-signs again? That would probably make a move to the pen even more likely.

  • Chip

    I would imagine they had something pretty much worked out before they released him. Probably went to his agent and talked about how they need to get him off the 40 man and would double his minor league salary or something. Makes sense in the long run

  • yankinvegas

    I am pretty much convinced that we will not be in on Scherzer. But if Kuroda returns and we can sign Volquez to a reasonable contract and Soriano to help in the late innings, we are set to go.
    Multiple switch hitters.
    Several guys primed for comeback seasons.
    Exceptional defense in the infield.
    Deep, though questionable health, rotation.
    Outstanding bullpen.
    Solid bench with Murphy, Pirela, Ryan and Young. Would like a lefty bat but this is fine.
    The drama of Alex Rodriguez. If he can’t play we need a bat.
    Gardner, Prado, Ellsbury, Beltran, McCann, Teixeira, Rodriguez, Headley, Gregorius.
    A lot of guys who can play multiple positions.
    While no really big bopper, there is power all throughout the batting order.
    If things work out, we are definitely a contender.
    And we are getting closer to the expiration of several bad contracts.
    No predictions. But it should be fun this upcoming season.

    • MTU

      I believe Volquez has already re-upped w the Buccos.

  • Hankflorida

    Campos may have been part of the Yankee five year plan of rebuilding when both Tex and A-Rod will be gone. I guess that we have three more years to go before the Yanks become a WS contender.

    • Havok9120

      That seems like a bit of a stretch.

      • hansdee

        Generally goes with a full windup.

        • Havok9120

          Buh dum pishhhhh

          • hansdee

            Wasn’t Campos originally a starter? :)

            • Havok9120

              Still is, at least theoretically.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Jose Campos getting to the big leagues is a pretty major “if.” If he’s part of anyone’s long-term plan, it’s a pretty bad long-term plan.

      • hansdee

        Precisely why they are referred to as long term plans. Its rare that they ever fully materialize.

    • Dalek Jeter

      The chasm between “the Yankees have resigned Campos” and “we need to wait at least three years before the Yankees can compete for the World Series” is something you’ll have to fill at least a little bit for us.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      What?

  • Oops I Crapped My Pants

    Glad to see that Jose “big man on” Campos is back in the fold!

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    One more year to see if there’s anything in the minors is fine by me.

    • Preston

      Problem is a guy usually takes a year to regain his stuff and control after TJS. So he’ll have a mid fives ERA at high A next year and then sign with the white sox and become a legit mid rotation starter.

      • RetroRob

        Worse, we’ll have to deal with the eventual HOF induction.

  • ChristIsKing

    When this trade first happened a few years back, I was more excited about Campos than I was about Pineda… I hope the kid lives up to it.. Let him rehab that arm and see what happens.. There is still a possibility that the trade turns out to be a payback for that Buhner trade.

    • RetroRob

      Why would you have been more excited about Campos, the lottery ticket in the deal? He was a great add to the deal, but nothing more than potential that would likely not be fulfilled because of, well, things like this.

      Glad he’s back, but the odds are we’ll never pitch in a MLB game.