Yankees Sign Infielders Chavez, Belliard to Minor-League Deals

The New York Yankees signed infielders Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor-league contracts and invited them to the team’s major league spring training camp.

The Yankees also signed right-handed pitchers Luis Ayala, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and Warner Madrigal to minor-league contracts and invited them to spring training, the team said today in a news release.

Chavez, 33, won six consecutive American League Gold Glove awards at third base in 2001-2006. He has spent the past 13 seasons with the Oakland Athletics.

Belliard, 35, has played for six major league teams. He spent the past two season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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