The Yankees have signed outfielder Willie Calhoun to a minor league deal, according to MLB.com. Mark FinesandThe contract given also allows Calhoun to participate in New York’s big league spring training camp.
The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Calhoun in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB Draft.A few years later, in 2017, Calhoun was traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Yu Darvish. Calhoun batted .269/.323/.524 with 21 homers and 337 plate appearances in 2019 before suffering an injury in 2020.
In March 2020, during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Calhoun was hit in the face with a 95 mph fastball. After breaking and moving his jaw, Calhoun was able to heal and recover during the COVID-19 shutdown in time for the next season.
Calhoun spent more than three months on the injured reserve due to a forearm injury, so it was still a difficult road to return to full form. demoted to
Following this move, Calhoun requested a trade, going to the Giants this past June in exchange for Stephen Duggar. During his time with the Giants, Calhoun was named a placement after appearing in his four MLB games, and in September he was dropped from the 40-man roster entirely.
Calhoun chose to become a free agent after the season in hopes of revamping his career. The outfielder is now ready to seize new opportunities and give his all to the Yankees.
Currently, Calhoun’s slash line is .221/.286/.335 better than his last 454 Major League PAs. Now that Calhoun has a new team, it might be the perfect time to rediscover his form.