Former Yankee Prospects Bañuelos, Williams Sign MiLB Deals

Two players thought to be the future of the Yankees have signed minor league deals with other teams. LHP Manny Bañuelos and OF Mason Williams have moved onto the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds, respectively.

Bañuelos, traded by the Yankees to Atlanta for David Carpenter and Chasen Shreve in 2015, signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers. There is no word on whether the deal carries an invite to MLB Spring Training, but I would assume it would. Bañuelos never cracked the Big Leagues with the Yankees, appearing from 2008 to 2014 in the Yankee system. Bañuelos has a 1-4 record and a 5.13 ERA in seven MLB games. He has battled elbow problems, but made 39 appearances in 2017 with the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees of the Los Angeles Angels.

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Williams signed a minor league deal with an MLB spring training invite with the Reds.  He was a top prospect who was a victim of the 2010s Yankees and their affinity for veteran players. Baseball America ranked Williams the team’s No. 1 prospect in 2012, but he did not make his MLB debut until 2015. He played just 25 total games across three seasons with the Yankees, with a respectable .281/.313/.391 slashline and strong defense at all three outfield positions. The Yankees designated Williams for assignment June 29, and he was outrighted to Triple-A after clearing waivers July 6.

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