The Yankees have re-signed oft-injured outfielder Slade Heathcott to a minor league deal. Heathcott was cut last month at the non-tender deadline, helping to clear him off the 40-man roster to make room for players that needed protecting from the Rule 5 draft. Slade played only nine games over the course of the 2014 season, coming down again with a bad case of constantly being hurt. He has only managed to top 80 games once since being drafted by the Yankees in the 2009 draft. Scouts have always loved the potential that Heathcott brings to the table, but without being able to showcase those skills on a baseball field, his value his extremely limited. Assuming he is healthy, the minor league deal will keep him off the 40-man roster while likely being stashed away at Double-A Trenton or Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Heathcott does get an invite to spring training with his new deal, but the chances of him making the big league team are pretty non-existent.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees interviewed Willie Randolph for an open coaching position at some point. Heyman doesn't note which position Randolph was interviewed for, but the team is currently looking for a hitting coach and first base coach after the departures of Kevin Long and Mick Kelleher. Since Kelleher also worked closely with the infielders, it's possible that Randolph might be a nice fit to fill that spot. It would be nice to have Willie back in the organization.
Are you happy to see the return of Heathcott? Will he ever stay healthy? What are your thoughts on Willie Randolph as a potential coach?