Veteran outfielder Ender Inciarte is officially off the market, as he’s inked a minors deal with the New York Yankees.
After some memorable seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Ender Inciarte is all set to continue his career elsewhere. With this, though, he’s got to prove himself if he wants to suit up in the majors to start the 2022 campaign.
On Thursday, it was announced that Inciarte has agreed to terms with the New York Yankees on a minor-league contract. While Inciarte might be known for recent struggles at the plate, there’s no denying he’s a stud in the outfield.
Yankees have signed Ender Inciarte to a minor-league contract
On paper, it really does look like Inciarte might have a bit of an uphill climb in trying to join the Yankees in the Bronx. Hey, you never know how things could shape out here, though, especially if the team were to deal with some injuries early on in the season.
The fact of the matter is that the Yankees’ outfield depth is unreal right now, of course highlighted by guys like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. With that said, Inciarte truly is known for his defensive abilities, so Aaron Boone might call him up if needed.
The main concern for Inciarte is how bad he’s been at the dish. Last season for Atlanta, he appeared in 52 games and posted a .215 batting average. That’s simply not going to cut it. The year before, he played in 40 games and hit .190. That’s a big yikes.
While Yankees fans have been hoping for some sort of a splash in free agency, they’re going to have to settle for this Inciarte news for now. It’s not a sexy move, but it’s certainly a low-risk one for Brian Cashman.