New York Yankees News: Yankees Add Outfield Depth In Minor Leagues


The New York Yankees have had a ton of injuries to their outfield. Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams have all gotten injured, so it’s tested their depth, not only at the major league level, but at the minor league levels as well. The Yankees made a couple of deals to help out.

Per Baseball America’s Matt Eddy, the Yankees signed outfielder Rico Noel who was cut by the Padres during the week. Noel posted a .242/.333/.288 with six RBI and 10 steals in 33 games.

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The Yankees also acquired Jake Skole from the Texas Rangers for cash. Skole was the Rangers first round pick back in 2010. Skole, 23, hasn’t made it out of AA yet and hasn’t exactly lived up to his first round pick pedigree.

Skole has posted a .218/.313/.335 with four homers and 12 RBI in 57 games. He’s also stolen 10 bases this year.

Skole and Noel won’t be at the major league level any time soon. They are purely depth with all of the injuries the Yankees have been dealing with all season long in the outfield. They only gave up money to add each of these players.

For the Yankees, they just need to get healthy, especially in the outfield. Look for them to make similar moves down the line the rest of the month.

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