James Shields? Who needs him when you've got Kyle Davies around, right? Via Sweeny Murti, the Yanks have signed Davies to a MiL contract, one that presumably comes with an invitation to Spring Training. You might remember Davies from his days in Kansas City. If you don't, that's probably because he hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2011. He posted an ugly 6.75 ERA and less ugly 4.39 FIP in 13 starts for the Royals then, and he's been toiling around in the Minors ever since. In 2014 he pitched to a not terrible 4.11/3.98 split in 124.2 IP for the Cleveland Triple-A affiliate.
Davies was never much as a pitcher when he was in his prime. He owns a measly 15.7% career K rate and poor 10.6% BB rate. He also had troubles with the long ball and has a career GB rate under 40%, so even at his best he would be a terrible fit in Yankee Stadium. He's surely not at his best now at age 31 and to call him a longshot to make the rotation or any meaningful contribution at the Major League level at all in 2015 would be a gross understatement. He's another cheap lottery ticket that gets thrown into the mix with Scott Baker.