Durham Bulls' stalwart Jon Weber signs with New York Yankees | Sports

Durham Bulls' stalwart Jon Weber signs with New York Yankees

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Fortunately, it's Thanksgiving and we have an abundance of things to be grateful for---because, sadly, everyone's favorite Bull, Jon Weber, is no longer a Durham ballplayer. In fact, he will be playing against the Taureaux in 2010. Weber has signed a minor-league deal with the New York Yankees, who are sure to install him as the starting left fielder for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The contract includes a spring-training invitation with its nominal opportunity to make the big-league club.

And all along we thought it was another left fielder property of the Rays, Carl Crawford, that the Yankees coveted.

Weber is a classic gamer who led the International League in doubles in 2009, placed in the top ten in several prominent hitting stat categories, was a superb clutch hitter, and was perhaps the Bulls' MVP. He is an 11-year veteran of the minors who has never played a day in the major leagues, and he's unlikely to break through in the Bronx, where the corner outfield positions are sure to be spoken for by multimillionaires like Johnny Damon. On the other hand, Damon is currently unsigned, Melky Cabrera has probably reached his ceiling and it's lower than predicted, and Nick Swisher is the subject of trade rumors lately. You don't think...?

Never mind. Pass the turkey.

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