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David Winfree, Two Other Minor Leaguers Signed By Yankees

FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 23: David Winfree #73 of the Minnesota Twins poses during photo day at the Twins spring training complex on February 23, 2008 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
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GregCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2010

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees added a few players on minor league deals. Let's run them each down.

David Winfree, OF:

Winfree (pictured) is a 23-year-old who has spent his entire seven-season career with the Twins organization. He has been considered a decent prospect before, but his walk rate really holds him back. He has posted a career OBP of .318, which will do a lot to kill a marginal prospect's value.

He tries to make up for his lack of on-base ability with power, but he doesn't hit with enough power to do so. He largely played the corner infield positions at the start of his career but struggled there defensively and was moved to the outfield. He has a strong arm, but his range is extremely limited.

While we're discussing his negatives, he is a weak base runner too. I guess it can't hurt to have added depth in Triple-A, but if Winfree sees the majors with the Yanks, something went horribly wrong.

Reid Gorecki, OF: 

Unlike Winfree, I see a few things to like in Gorecki. He's a veteran who will be 29 during the 2010 season and made his major league debut with the Cardinals last season. He can play all three outfield positions and can play them quite well.

Since 2007, TotalZone says that Gorecki has been worth 41 runs above average. Because of his defensive skills, CHONE projects him to be above replacement level in 2010. Gorecki doesn't have the raw power that Winfree possesses, but he has an overall better approach at the plate and wouldn't kill a team.

If the Yankees need to call someone up because of an emergency during the season, Gorecki is the perfect player for that role.

Royce Ring, LHP: 

Ring possesses a familiar name, as he saw some major-league action with the Mets a few years back. He's a lefty who has had success against lefty batters throughout the minors, so he is a good guy to have around. He won't blow you away, but he strikes out a few batters and doesn't walk many.

CHONE projects a 3.98 ERA from Ring in 2010, and I'd take that in a heartbeat from a guy picked up on a minor league deal.

These three players present some extra depth, which can never hurt. I am a bit bitter that the Yankees didn't add Austin Kearns , when he apparently could have been acquired on a minor league deal like these three.

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