Yankees Ink Hutchison, Lipka to MiLB Deals

Jan. 11: The Yankees have officially announced the signings.

Both players have received invitations to Tampa for Spring Training, but will both likely start the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Jan 10: The Yankees continue to add to their depth, signing right-hander Drew Hutchison and utilityman Matt Lipka to minor-league contracts, according to Gotham Sports Network’s Max Wildstein.

A 15th-round pick by the Blue Jays in 2009, Hutchison bounced around a ton in 2018. He pitched in 11 games for Philadelphia, then made nine appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Dodgers organization and finished the season with five starts for Texas. Overall in the big leagues, the 28-year-old had an ugly 6.75 ERA (6.42 FIP) and an abysmal 40.9% ground-ball rate. Hutchison likely will eat some innings in Tampa and spend most of 2019 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Lipka was a first-round pick of the Braves in 2010, and played all of 2018 with Double-A Richmond in the Giants organization. He hit .240/.329/.352 (91 wRC+) with four home runs and 30 RBIs in 123 games for the Flying Squirrels. He started at least one game at second base, third base, left field, center field and right field during the 2018 season.

It’s unknown at this point if either player has been invited to MLB Spring Training, though I’d imagine at the very least Hutchison will get an invite.

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