Yankees sign 1B Mientkiewicz to one-year contract

Jan 5, 2007 - 11:24 PM BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- The New York Yankees have found a defensive caddie for Jason Giambi.

The Yankees on Friday signed first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mientkiewicz, 32, won a Gold Glove with the Minnesota Twins in 2001 and should provide the Yankees with a more than capable defensive alternative to Giambi, who has regressed defensively over the past several years and figures to see significant time at designated hitter in 2007.

A veteran of eight-plus seasons, Mientkiewicz batted .283 with four home runs and 43 RBI in 91 games with Kansas City last season. He is a career .270 hitter with 59 homers and 348 RBI in 870 games with Kansas City, Minnesota, Boston and the New York Mets.

Mientkiewicz served in a similar role for the Red Sox at the end of the 2004 season and caught the final out in the franchise's first World Series in 86 years. He kept the historic ball for a time before turning it over.

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