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Yankees minor league signings and winter ball updates

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The Yankees have re-signed minor league free agent second basemen Jose Pirela and Jose Toussen. Both look to be minor league depth for the 2014 Yankees, though Pirela has shown some promise recently. This was his third straight season in Double-A, but in 2013, the 23-year-old hit .272/.359/.418 with a career high of 10 home runs. He got his first taste of Triple-A this season, so if he starts the season there, he could have a non-zero chance of ending up in the majors if something bad ends up happening. Toussen, though, is a week older than Pirela and hit just .231/.304/.284 in High-A. He likely doesn't have much of a future toward the high levels of the minor leagues.

Right-handed reliever David Herndon saw mixed results in three season with the Phillies before requiring Tommy John surgery in 2012. He signed with the Yankees last spring and finally pitched in some games in the second half of the season. The Yankees have re-signed him to a deal in order to avoid arbitration and the 28-year-old could have a shot at making the team out of spring training.

The Yankees also have several minor leaguers playing winter ball over the offseason. Triple-A outfielder Adonis Garcia is getting reps at third base in Venezuela. Luis Sojo, High-A Tampa's manager, is managing the team, so the organization will have a first-hand look of Garcia's progress. Catcher/first baseman Jose Gil is primarily playing at first and utility infielder Ali Castillo is playing shortstop in Venezuela as well. Ronnier Mustelier is playing as a right fielder in Mexico. Only Garcia and Mustelier have an outside chance at making an impact with the Yankees, but neither will likely get much of a look.

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