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Yankees sign infielder Zelous Wheeler

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Wheeler should provide some infield depth down in Triple-A for the Yankees.

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According to Matt Eddy, the Yankees have signed infielder Zelous Wheeler to a minor league contract. There's no official word if he got an invite to big league camp, but I would have to assume so, though, of course, I could be wrong.

Wheeler, who turns 27 in mid-January, played primarily at third base last year (59 games), but also appeared at second (36 games), DH (13 games), and shortstop (five games) split between Double-A and Triple-A in the Baltimore Orioles' system. Wheeler hit .275/.354/.414 in 461 total plate appearances in 2013 with no real platoon split. Over the course of his seven-year career in the minors, Wheeler is a .271/.366/.414 hitter in 3101 PA's. Wheeler has also yet to appear in the Major Leagues.

If anything, Zelous has a really cool name. I would suspect Zelous to provide some infield depth down at Triple-A Scranton next year if/when he doesn't break camp with the big league team. Obviously, a lot of things would have to go horribly wrong if Wheeler is the team's Opening Day third baseman on April 1 in Houston.

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