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Yankees sign Vinnie Pestano and three others to minor league deals

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Here are the moves you have definitely not been waiting for. The Yankees have gone through a lot of trouble to revamp their Triple-A depth this year now that many of their young players have graduated to the majors. They have added Ron Herrera, Luis Cessa, and Chad Green through trades. They have re-signed internal free agents catcher Kyle Higashioka, pitcher Diego Moreno, and shortstop Jose Rosario. They have also added catcher Francisco Diaz, outfielder Juan Silva, and infielder Pete Kozma. Now they have agreed to terms with four additional players, three of whom have yet to reach the majors.

The most well-known of the bunch would be Vinnie Pestano, who debuted with the Cleveland Indians and looked to be a solid middle reliever before he went the way of most middle relievers and fell apart. A Tommy John survivor, Pestano was hit with elbow injuries in 2013 and was never the same. After a 2.45 ERA and 10.9 K/9 in 132 innings between 2011 and 2012, he's only been given 65.2 innings with two teams over the next three seasons. The strikeout rates are still there, so maybe he can make some kind of contribution during his age-31 season. He is a sidearming fastball-slider pitcher who could once hit 95, but has fallen to average just under 90 mph in 2015.

The Yankees' other new additions include right fielder Cesar Puello, who is known for being the only player involved in the Biogenesis scandal to not make the majors. Yes, that guy. The former Mets outfield prospect has hit .282/.356/.415 with 44 home runs and 148 stolen bases over eight minor league seasons. While they have Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams, Puello offers the Yankees a right-handed hitting option just in case.

As for the other signees, Sebastian Valle is a 25-year-old catcher who was once a top prospect in the Phillies system, ranking as high as No. 3 in 2011 and being among the top defensive players at the position in the minors. Valle has hit .258/.303/.405 with 70 home runs over nine professional seasons and could be in the running for either a job in Scranton or even on the big league club, if the front office doesn't want to give Gary Sanchez a major league job just yet.

Lastly, the Yankees have brought on 28-year-old left-hander Richard Bleier, who is considered to be a control specialist thanks to an impressive career 1.4 BB/9. Of course, that becomes less interesting when you see that he's bounced around three organizations over eight years and has a career 10.1 H/9 and 5.0 K/9. He's moved from starter, to reliever, to starter again, depending on what his organization thought of him, but he did manage a 2.57 ERA with a minuscule 0.8 BB/9, but a measly 3.0 K/9 in 171.2 innings between Triple-A and Double-A in 2015. Bleier could serve in either role for Scranton, but it's highly unlikely the Yankees see him in 2016–and if they do, it means they're in trouble.

These are absolutely not the moves you have been waiting for, but these deals are mostly harmless. Pestano might have some promise to him, but expect the rest to be of no consequence. They'll probably get some play in spring training, so we'll see where things go from there. Hang in there.