According to a late-night tweet from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the New York Yankees have signed veteran outfielder Shane Robinson to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. The deal would see Robinson make $950,000 if he were to make the Yankees MLB roster.
The #Yankees sign veteran outfielder Shane Robinson to minor league deal worth $950,000 if he reaches big leagues with spring training invite.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 8, 2018
Robinson, 33, had only 31 major league at-bats in 2017 with the Los Angeles Angels and had only six hits and an RBI. He played in 86 minor league games with the Salt Lake Bees, hitting .319/.370/.425 over 348 at-bats in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. In his major league career, he has only hit .226/.294/.297 over 436 games with just six career home runs.
The former fifth-round pick is joining a crowded outfield situation with the Yankees who currently have Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Giancarlo Stanton, Clint Frazier, Jabari Blash, Jake Cave, and Billy McKinney on the 40-man roster. Not to mention Mark Payton, Rashad Crawford, Estevan Florial, Jeff Hendrix and Zack Zehner waiting in the upper levels of the farm system.
The Robinson signing will give the Yankees an additional veteran presence in Triple-A to help guide some of the younger players, something that could be useful. However, according to Nightengale if he does not make the major league roster by June 15 he could request his release.