Yanks make minor deal.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made a minor deal on Friday, signing Jace Peterson to a minor-league deal.

Peterson, 27, is a lefty hitter who is mostly a 2B, but has also played every other position except for pitcher and catcher.

In 2017, he hit .215-2-17, OPS+ 69 in 89 g. (186 at bats) for the Braves. He was with the Padres in 2014, the Braves 2015-2017. In 383 MLB games, he has a 162 g. average of  .234-6-41 with an OPS+ of 79.

Obviously, not a big move. The way I look at it is this—it provides some infield depth in case a bigger move is made later on that would require giving up a Tyler Wade, Nick Solak or Thairo Estrada in a package deal.

Ex-MLB infielder Rob Picciolo has passed away at the age of 64. Picciolo played for the A’s 1977-1982, Brewers 1982-1983, Angels 1984 and A’s again in 1985. Primarily a SS, he also played the other infield positions and also got into games in LF and RF. A weak hitter who almost NEVER walked (more on that in a minute) Picciolo played in 731 games. His 162 g. average was .234-4–24, OPS+ 56. In 1720 plate appearances, he walked just 25 times. In 1979 for example, he walked just 3 times in 363 plate appearances.

Picciolo played in the 1981 postseason for the A’s. They beat KC in the Division Series and lost to the Yankees in the ALCS. In three postseason games, he was 2 for 8.

 

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