Yankees re-sign catcher Eddy Rodriguez, release two minor-leaguers
The New York Yankees have signed catchers Eddy Rodriguez and Sharif Othman to minor-league deals, according to the rosters released by the organization's affiliates ahead of minor-league Opening Day.
In addition, per Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the organization has released RHP Mark Montgomery and third baseman Drew Bridges.
Rodriguez was signed after being released by the Minnesota Twins at the end of major-league camp, and he has been assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he will team up with Kyle Higashioka.
The 32-year-old, who was originally a 20th-round pick of the Reds in 2006, had spent 2015 and 2016 in the Yankees organization. He hit .214 in 44 games at Triple-A last year and helped the RailRiders win both the Governors' Cup and Triple-A National Championship.
Othman, 28, was released by the Marlins at the end of spring, and he will report to Class-A Advanced Tampa to team with Jorge Saez behind the plate. Othman was originally a 32nd-round pick by Miami in 2011 and split last season between Class-A Advanced Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville, hitting .156 in 40 games overall.
As both players have at least six years of minor-league experience, they will both be eligible to become minor-league free agents this winter.
On the other side, Montgomery, 26, was the Yankees' 11th-round pick in 2011, and he had a 2.56 ERA and seven saves in 33 games last season split between Scranton and Double-A Trenton. He has already signed with the Cardinals, and will start 2017 at Triple-A Memphis.
Bridges, 22, was the Yankees' 20th-round pick in 2013. He spent most of 2016 with Short-Season Class-A Staten Island, where he hit .258 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 67 games, and he was also 5-for-26 (.192) with one homer and two RBI in eight games at Class-A Charleston.