Yankees Sign Catcher Chris Iannetta To Minor-League Deal

WFAN's MLB Insider Jon Heyman Reports

Rob Lep
January 09, 2020 - 1:14 pm

WFAN's MLB Insider Jon Heyman reports that the New York Yankees and veteran Chris Iannetta have agreed to a minor-league deal.

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Iannetta, who turns 37 in April, played 14 seasons with five teams including the Colorado Rockies (2006-11) and Los Angeles Angels (2012-15).

Along with catcher Erik Kratz, he'll provide veteran depth/ competition for Kyle Higashioka as a backup to Gary Sanchez.

Colorado Rockies pinch hitter Chris Iannetta (22) slaps hands with Colorado Rockies second baseman Ryan McMahon (24) after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning on Jul 7, 2019 at Chase Field.
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In his major league career, Iannetta hit .230 with 141 home runs and 502 runs batted in.

He was also the starting catcher for Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, along with Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann.