Yankees extend 27 invitations to spring camp

Yankees extend 27 invitations to spring camp

NEW YORK -- The Yankees announced the signings of 13 players to Minor League contracts on Wednesday, inviting a total of 27 players to Major League Spring Training.

Infielders Russell Branyan and Bill Hall, right-hander Manny Delcarmen, left-hander Hideki Okajima and outfielder DeWayne Wise are among the notable veterans that have agreed to Major League contracts with the club.

The Yanks also invited 14 additional players to Spring Training, which kicks off with the mandatory reporting date for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 19. The total number of players scheduled to report to Tampa, Fla., is 67.

Branyan, 37, reached agreement on a deal with the Yankees earlier on Wednesday, while the 32-year-old Hall announced his own signing via Twitter on Tuesday.

New York will have some former Red Sox hurlers competing for jobs in camp, evaluating Delcarmen, 29, and Okajima, 36. The 33-year-old Wise, a defensive hero for the White Sox in Mark Buehrle's perfect game in 2009, will contend for a bench role.

Additionally, the Yanks announced invitations for the following players, broken down by position groupings:

Left-handed pitchers: Manny Banuelos, Juan Cedeno, Mike O'Connor, Okajima.

Right-handed pitchers: Daniel Burawa, Matt Daley, Delcarmen, Brett Marshall, Adam Miller, Ryan Pope, Graham Stoneburner, Adam Warren, Kevin Whelan, Chase Whitley.

Catchers: Jose Gil, Kyle Higashioka, Gustavo Molina, J.R. Murphy, Gary Sanchez.

Infielders: Doug Bernier, Branyan, Hall, Jayson Nix, Jorge Vazquez.

Outfielders: Colin Curtis, Cole Garner, Wise.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.