A relief pitcher, anyway… to a minor league deal. Sorry to get your hopes up like that, but I couldn’t help myself. This quiet offseason is really starting to get to me.
The pitcher in question is right-hander Adam Miller. Miller is a 7-year minor leaguer who was drafted in the 1st round of the 2003 Draft by the Indians. He’s never had great success, but he was having a career-year at Triple-A in 2008 before he suffered a injury that required him to miss the entire 2009 and 2010 seasons. He split his time last season between Cleveland’s High-A and Double-A affiliates where he racked up a 5.93 ERA in 44.0 innings pitched. Don’t expect Miller to make a huge impact (or really any impact) in the Bronx. In fact, Chad Jennings at the Journal News compares the signing of Miller to the signing of Mark Prior last year. But if Miller can somehow turn things around and bounce back from his time away from the game, he could be a nice, inexpensive surprise.
The Yankees also signed outfielders Dewayne Wise and Cole Garner to minor league deals yesterday. Wise is a 33-year old journeyman who was drafted in 1997 and has bounced back and forth between the majors and the minors since 2000. Since then he’s spent time with the Blue Jays, White Sox, Braves, Marlins, and Reds. Garner was drafted by the Rockies and made his MLB debut in July of 2011. The 26-year old has a .286/.340/.483 line in 7 minor league seasons and has shown flashes of power (8 HR in 46 games last year). All-in-all, both Wise and Garner should provide some good outfield depth.