Yankees sign two RHPs to Minor League deals

01/09/2014 1:33 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The New York Yankees have signed right-handed pitchers Bruce Billings and Yoshinori Tateyama to minor-league contracts, according to Baseball America.

Tateyama, 38, signed with the Yankees organization last June after being released by Texas and spent the second half of the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he went 2-2 with a 1.70 ERA in 29 games after being signed in May. The side-armer, who came to the States in 2011 after 12 seasons with NPB’s Nippon Ham Fighters, made 53 MLB appearances with the Rangers in 2011 and 2012 and could be in the mix for one of the spots in the Yankees’ bullpen this spring.

Billings, 28, spent last season with the Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento, going 13-8 with a 4.31 ERA in 28 games (26 starts). Primarily a starter throughout his Minor League career, Billings has four games of Major League experience, all of them relief outings for Colorado or Oakland in 2011.

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