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    Yankees announce 44 non-roster invites

    The New York Yankees today announced that they have signed five players to minor league contracts with an invitation to Major League Spring Training: OF Matt Diaz, INF Dan Johnson, OF Thomas Neal, OF Juan Rivera and C Bobby Wilson. The club has also invited 39 additional players to 2013 Spring Training, bringing the total number of invitees to 44 (20 pitchers, six catchers, nine infielders and nine outfielders). The total number of players now scheduled to report is 84 – 17 more than 2012’s total of 67.

    The list of invites includes Yankees first-round draft picks OF Slade Heathcott (2009) and SS Cito Culver (2010), and 2012 South Atlantic League All-Stars OF Tyler Austin and C Gary Sanchez.

    Diaz, who turns 35 on March 3, is a career .291 (543-for-1,863) batter with 211 runs, 97 doubles, 14 triples, 45 home runs and 225 RBI in 726 games over 10 seasons with Tampa Bay (2003-04), Kansas City (2005), Atlanta (2006-12) and Pittsburgh (2011). He is a career .324 (306-for-945) batter with 31 home runs against left-handed pitchers, and has appeared defensively at all three outfield position. Diaz grew up in Lakeland, Fla., played baseball at Florida State University and was selected by Tampa Bay in the 17th round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft. His last name is pronounced Dye-ez.

    Johnson, 33, has appeared in 413 combined Major League games over parts of seven seasons with Oakland (2005-08), Tampa Bay (2008, ’10-11) and Chicago-AL (2012), batting .237 (313-for-1,320) with 59 doubles, 56 home runs and 194 RBI. He also played a season in Japan in 2009 with Yokohama. He spent most of the 2012 season with Triple-A Charlotte (.267, 127-for-476, 28 home runs), before appearing in 14 games with the White Sox as a September call-up (.364, 8-for-22). He hit three homers in the team’s regular season finale at Cleveland. He was originally selected by Oakland in the seventh round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft.

    Neal, 25, made his Major League debut in 2012 with the Cleveland Indians, going 5-for-23 (.217) in nine games. He spent the majority of the season with Double-A Akron, batting .314 (127-for-405) with 77 runs, 24 doubles, 12 home runs and 51RBI in 117 games for the Eastern League champions. Among Eastern League leaders, he ranked third in on-base percentage (.400), fourth in batting average and tied for fifth in runs, appearing in games at all three outfield positions. Neal was originally selected by San Francisco in the 36th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, and acquired by Cleveland on 7/30/11.

    Rivera, 34, batted .244 (76-for-312) with 14 doubles, nine home runs and 47 RBI in 109 games with the Dodgers in 2012. He made 30 starts in left field, 39 at first base, five in right field and one at DH. Originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent in 1996, Rivera appeared in 88 games with the Yankees over parts of three seasons (2001-03), hitting .262 (68-for-260) with eight home runs. He has collected 67 outfield assists in his career, tying for 12th-most among active players in the Majors since his debut in 2001.

    Wilson, 29, has spent his entire career in the Angels organization, after being selected by the Angels in the 48th round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Petersburg College. He hit .211 (36-for-171) with five doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI in 75 games in 2012 with the Angels, and caught 15-of-60 stolen base attempts (25.0%) – the seventh-highest percentage among AL catchers. A native of Dunedin, Fla., Wilson is a career .208 (81-for-389) batter in 191 Major League games with a .994 fielding percentage behind the plate, and catching 23.0% of potential base stealers (29-of-126).

    2013 SPRING INVITEES

    OF Abraham Almonte
    C Francisco Arcia
    OF Tyler Austin
    INF Greg Bird
    RHP Corey Black
    LHP Juan Cedeno
    RHP Preston Claiborne
    INF Cito Culver
    RHP Matt Daley
    OF Matt Diaz
    OF Adonis Garcia
    RHP Shane Greene
    RHP Nick Goody
    OF Slade Heathcott
    RHP David Herndon
    C Kyle Higashioka
    INF Walter Ibarra
    INF Dan Johnson
    RHP Tom Kahnle
    INF Addison Maruszak
    RHP Jim Miller
    RHP Bryan Mitchell
    RHP Mark Montgomery
    INF Luke Murton
    OF Ronnier Mustelier
    C J.R. Murphy
    OF Thomas Neal
    INF Jayson Nix
    RHP Zach Nuding
    LHP Vidal Nuno
    RHP Mike O’Brien
    RHP Kelvin Perez
    RHP Branden Pinder
    INF Jose Pirela
    RHP Ryan Pope
    OF Juan Rivera
    INF Kyle Roller
    C Gary Sanchez
    OF Rob Segedin
    LHP Josh Spence
    LHP Matt Tracy
    INF Gil Velazquez
    RHP Chase Whitley
    C Bobby Wilson

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    the matt diaz era begins!
    30 Team Stadium Checklist: 10 to go

    1) Yankees 2) Orioles 3) Rays 4) Red Sox 5) Mets 6) Braves 7) Phillies 8) Nationals 9) Marlins 10) Pirates 11) Padres 12) Astros 13) Mariners 14) Twins 15) Cubs 16) White Sox 17) Cardinals 18) Indians 19) Tigers 20) Royals

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    Well this is disappointing. I guess I can stop watching my mailbox for my invitation.

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    Nice looking competition for the RH bench spot this Spring between Diaz and Rivera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekJeterDan View Post
    Nice looking competition for the RH bench spot this Spring between Diaz and Rivera.
    Don't forget about Russ Canzler!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee Clipper View Post
    Don't forget about Russ Canzler!
    I believe he just got DFA'd.

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    Guys I want to see:

    OF Tyler Austin
    RHP Corey Black
    OF Adonis Garcia
    RHP Bryan Mitchell
    RHP Mark Montgomery
    INF Luke Murton
    OF Ronnier Mustelier
    C J.R. Murphy
    LHP Vidal Nuno
    C Gary Sanchez
    OF Rob Segedin
    RHP Chase Whitley

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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeFanAlways View Post
    I believe he just got DFA'd.
    :cry:

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