The Yankees are near an agreement with reliever Clay Rapada on a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training, a source told MLB.com.
Rapada will likely fill the void created when left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima failed his physical this week. Okajima, 36, had signed a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invitation in late December.
In five Major League seasons with four teams, Rapada has compiled a 5-0 record and 5.13 ERA in 78 appearances.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
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