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New York Yankees Sign Cuban Outfielder Adonis Garcia

May 2nd, 2012 at 6:02 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

The New York Yankees have signed Cuban outfielder Adonis Garcia, reports Ben Badler of Baseball America

Garcia, who became a free agent in February, reportedly was offered a contract worth $16 million over six years from Yankees in March. However, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman quickly denied those reports. The Oakland Athletics also showed interest in signing the outfielder.

The details of the contract have not yet been reported, but the amount isn't expected to reach the $16 million offer that was rumored in March. The 26 year-old will start at a low level in the minors, but could quickly move up to Double-A or Triple-A because of his experienced hitting ability.

Playing in the Venezuelan League this winter, the 5'7", 180 pound outfielder posted a .270/.313/.461 line in the regular season. However, he elevated his play during the postseason, batting .376/.431/.548  in 93 at-bats. 

Garcia's primary position is left field, but has also spent some time playing second and third base in the past. 

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