Yankees sign catcher Jose Gil to Minor League deal

07/09/2013 1:50 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The New York Yankees have signed catcher Jose Gil to a Minor League deal and he will report to Double-A Trenton, according to Chris Cotillo of

Gil, 26, was in the Yankees organization from 2006-2012, playing 535 games – including 189 in Trenton from 2009-12 – and hitting .237 overall. He began 2013 in the Orioles organization, but was released in May and had last been playing with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent American Association.

The Thunder, who are currently in the midst of the Eastern League All-Star break, needed another backstop after placing Francisco Arcia on the DL with a left thumb injury after Monday’s game; Arcia is the third catcher on the DL for Trenton, and his deactivation left Jeff Farnham as the team’s only healthy backstop headed into the break.

Trenton currently has only 23 active players after Arcia and pitcher Shane Greene were placed on the DL Monday, so they would not need to make a roster move to accommodate Gil.

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