The New York Yankees announced on Sunday that they have signed left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno and infielder Dean Anna to Major League contracts for the 2014 season. Though this doesn’t guarantee them a trip to the Majors right away, it increases their chances of breaking camp with the Yankees. Anna will make a league minimum $500,000 while Nuno will make $504,500.
Anna, 27, had a great 2013 season for the San Diego Padres Triple-A affiliate in Tuscon. In 132 games, he hit .331/.410/.482 with 9 home runs, 73 RBI, 90 runs scored, 38 doubles, and 165 hits.
Though he played most of his games at shortstop and second base, Anna has played games at third base and left field as well. He was at his best at second base, where he essentially had a Major League average fielding percentage and range factor/game (just a few points behind in each, but his versatility will provide great value.
Even though his fastball is usually clocked in the 85-89 mile per hour range, Vidal Nuno has found success by mixing it with his slider and curveball.
In 3 starts for the Yankees in 2013, Nuno went 1-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings pitched while only allowing 17 base runners. The 26-year-old is hoping to make the Yankees rotation this spring.