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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