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Yankees sign Brendan Ryan to two-year deal

Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan tosses the ball to

Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan tosses the ball to second base for the force on Boston Red Sox's Daniel Nava on Stephen Drew's grounder in the fifth inning on Sept. 13, 2013. (Credit: AP)

The Yankees officially signed utilityman Brendan Ryan to a two-year, $5-million deal on Monday. The contract also includes a mutual option for 2016, the club announced. The sides initially agreed to the terms of the new deal in November.

Ryan, 31, will likely serve as insurance behind Derek Jeter, who is expected to start at shortstop.
Despite his offensive deficiencies, Ryan brings elite an elite glove to the field, where he has logged time at second base, third base and shortstop. He hit .220 in 17 games in September, when the Mariners traded him to the Yankees for a player to be named later.

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