Yankees sign another outfielder with a focus on left field

Rafael Ortega playing in Chicago.
Sara Molnick
Wednesday January 4, 2023

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The Yankees get hold of free-agent outfielder Rafael Ortega, who previously played for the Chicago Cubs, according to the NBCsportsedge. His minor-league deal also includes an invite to spring training MLB camp.

Last season, Ortega hit .241/.331/.358 with seven home runs and 12 stolen bases in 371 at-bats for the Cubs. The 31-year-old veteran outfielder adds to the Yankees‘ depth in the outfield, and if he does well in Grapefruit League games this spring, he could make New York’s Opening Day roster.

Outfield reclamation initiatives for the Yankees include ex-Ranger Willie Calhoun and Billy McKinney, who formerly was in New York in 2018.

Andrew Benintendi signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, and New York still needs to find a replacement for him in left field.

Calhoun, McKinney, or Ortega could make the Opening Day roster if they stand out during spring training. Ortega first played in the MLB in 2012 with the Colorado Rockies. He later played for the Los Angeles Angels, the Miami Marlins, the Atlanta Braves, and the Chicago Cubs.

Ortega has played in 364 games during his six years in the major leagues. He has hit .250 and hit 21 home runs.

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