The replenishment of organizational depth continued yesterday, as the Yankees made a flurry of small moves. They signed infielder Jonathan Diaz and right-handed pitcher Tyler Jones to MiL deals and acquired righty reliever Kirby Yates from the Cleveland Indians for cash. Diaz is a 30-year-old Minors lifer with a pretty wild .227/.352/.295 career tripleslash who has played primarily second base and shortstop, although he can also be used at third and fake it in the outfield. Jones is a 26-year-old Milwaukee native with a 3.81 ERA and 294 strikeouts in 250.1 career MiL innings pitched. I imagine Diaz will serve as the Triple-A bench infielder while Jones could see time in both the Trenton and SWB bullpens this season.
Yates has pitched over 50 MLB innings over the last 2 seasons for the Rays and was basically given to Cleveland a few months back. His ERA and FIP numbers aren't great in the show, but he does boast a 25.4% K rate and his MiL strikeout numbers were even better. He's not a particularly big man, but he does fit the Yankee relief mode of throwing hard and getting swings and misses. If nothing else, he'll be in the mix for the last bullpen spot when spring camp opens.
Nothing earth-shattering, but most MiL/Quad-A acquisitions aren't. While I wouldn't expect anything from any of these guys at the MLB level in 2016, they'll serve a purpose.