Yankees Sign Ryan Weber and Shane Greene to Minor League Contracts


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According to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees re-signed Ryan Weber and Shane Greene to minor league contracts. Richard Rodriguez, a veteran reliever signed a minor league deal this month after serving an 80-game PED suspension, will join that pair in Scranton. Rodriguez has been working his way up through the Yankees’ Florida Complex League affiliate, but he is now on his way to Triple-A.

This is nothing new for Weber, signing his 4th minor league contract of the season with the Yankees. Weber has been named to the 40-man roster three times now. He’s returned on a new minor league contract each time. This scenario will almost certainly repeat itself the next time the Yankees require some bullpen depth — or possibly a spot start. In this season, Weber has pitched well for both the Yankees and the RailRiders but his overall Major League track record is: 174 2/3 innings, 5.10 ERA, 14.7 percent strikeout rate, 5.4 percent walk rate.

Meanwhile, Greene made his debut with the Yankees in 2014 before being traded to the Tigers as part of the 3 team deal that brought Didi Gregorius to the Bronx. Greene went on to have a long career as a quality setup man for the Tigers and Braves, but his production has recently dipped. Earlier this season, he returned to the Yankees on a minor league contract and, like Weber, was briefly selected to the Majors before being designated for assignment after one appearance in which he allowed two runs. It wouldn’t be surprising if Greene received another look and followed the same pattern as Weber for the majority of the year.

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