The Yankees have added an infielder in free agency!
No, it's not Todd Frazier or Eduardo Nunez, but this guy will no doubt provide good, versatile depth for New York.
Jace Peterson coming to the Bronx on a minor-league deal.
Yankees are signing Jace Peterson to a minor-league deal, source tells SB Nation. Former Brave was non-tendered last month.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 5, 2018
Peterson came to the Braves as one of the main prospects in the Justin Upton trade with the Padres. He was expected to become a star player for Atlanta, but never had the breakout season many anticipated.
While Peterson has proven to be a capable major league player, he has not distinguished himself as anything more than a bench player at this point in his career. What Peterson can offer is depth for the Yankees system as someone who can play a lot of positions.
#Yankees have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with Jace Peterson (@ChrisCotillo1). He hit just .215 in 89 games with the Braves last season. But the organization does like his defensive versatility (he's played 2B/3B/SS/all OF positions in his career).— Dan Federico (@RealDanFederico) January 5, 2018
Adding Peterson does not indicate that the Yankees are out on other external options to fill holes in the infield, but he does represent a formidable fall-back option.
If the price isn't right for potential free agents or trade targets, and the Yankees prospects don't show enough in Spring Training, don't be surprised if Peterson sneaks his way onto the Opening Day roster.