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Another lefty in the fold

2/18/2012

A day after the Yankees voided their minor-league deal with Hideki Okajima after he failed his physical, they signed LHP Clay Rapada to a minor-league deal and will bring him to camp on Sunday as a non-roster invite.

From the official Yankees' PR release: "Rapada, who will turn 31 on March 9, has made 78 career Major League relief appearances over parts of five seasons with Chicago-NL (2007), Detroit (2007-09), Texas (2010) and Baltimore (2011), going 5-0 with a 5.13 ERA (52.2IP, 30ER). He has held left-handed hitters to a .153 (18-for-118) combined batting average in his Major League career, including a .090 (6-for-67) mark over the last two seasons – the best such mark vs. left-handed hitters over the stretch (min. 70 batters faced). He went 2-0 with a 6.06 ERA (16.1IP, 11ER) in 32 outings over two stints with the Orioles in 2011, stranding 19-of-22 inherited runners.''

Presumably, Rapada will compete with Rule 5 pick Cesar Cabral and another non-roster invite, former Met Mike O'Connor, to become the second left out of the pen to go along with Boone Logan.