Yankees sign right-handers Bruce Billings and Yoshinori Tateyama

Rick Yeatts

The Yankees have signed right-handed relievers Bruce Billings and Yoshinori Tateyama to minor league contracts, reports Matt Eddy of Baseball America.

Billings, 28, appeared in 28 games (26 in relief) at Triple-A in the Oakland Athletics' system, pitching to a 4.31 ERA and 3.96 FIP. Billings has also seen time at the Major League level, pitching to a 10.29 ERA and 5.45 FIP in only four relief appearances and seven innings, all in 2011.

Tateyama, on the other hand, is a re-signing by New York. Tateyama is 38 years old and started 2013 with the Texas Rangers where he pitched to a 4.24 ERA and 3.58 FIP in 23 relief appearances at Triple-A. He was then traded to the Yankees for a bag of peanuts where he then pitched to a 1.70 ERA and 2.11 FIP in 21 games (20 in relief) at Triple-A Scranton. Tateyama has some experience at the Major League level, where he has pitched to a 5.75 ERA and 4.54 FIP in 53 career relief outings with the Rangers from 2011-2012.

Since the Yankees have done very little to bolster the Major League bullpen thus far this off-season, it's nice to see them add arms at the Minor League level in Billings and Tateyama.

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