Yankees officially sign Colon, Garcia

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NEW YORK - The New York Yankees have officially signed right-handed pitchers Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Luis Ayala, and Warner Madrigal to minor league contracts.

The team also inked veteran infielders Ronnie Belliard and Eric Chavez to minor league deals, and invited all six players to spring training.

The 37-year-old Colon, who earned the AL Cy Young award after going 21-8 with a 3.48 earned run average with the Angels in 2005, sat out the entire 2010 season.

Colon last pitched for the Chicago White Sox in 2009 and went 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA over 12 starts.

For his career, Colon has gone 153-103 with a 4.10 ERA in 328 games -- 325 starts - with Cleveland, Montreal, the White Sox, the Angels, and Boston.

The New York Post reports the deal will be worth $900,000 if he earns a spot on the big league roster out of spring training.

The 35-year-old Garcia went 12-6 with a 4.64 earned-run average for the White Sox last season, which continued his second stint with Chicago.

During his 12-year career, Garcia has compiled a 133-87 record with a 4.13 ERA. The native of Venezuela was the American League ERA titlist in 2001 (3.05) with Seattle, and has thrown more than 200 innings in a season seven times.

Chavez was limited to 33 games last season with the Oakland Athletics because of neck spasms and hit just .234 with one home run and 10 runs batted in.

The 33-year-old was plagued by injuries in his 13-year career with the A's, and is in the top-10 of almost every significant offensive category in team history. He is also a six-time Gold Glove winner at third base.

Chavez is a career .267 hitter with 230 homers and 787 RBI.

The 35-year-old Belliard batted .216 with two homers and 19 RBI for the Dodgers last season, and is a .273 career hitter with 114 home runs and 601 RBI over 13 seasons.

Ayala, 33, is 29-39 with a 3.67 ERA and 18 saves in 377 appearances over six seasons. He pitched at the Triple-A level last season for Colorado, Arizona and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Madrigal went 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in 44 outings with the Texas Rangers from 2008-09. The 26-year-old split last season between Double and Triple-A in the Texas organization.


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