Valle received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports. Valle spent 2015 with the Pirates' Double-A affiliate, where he put up a decent .754 OPS. However, the Yankees catching situation is pretty well set, so he'll likely head back to the minors after spring training is over.
Valle agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees on Wednesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Valle spent the entire 2015 season at Double-A, slashing .279/.341/.413 with the Phillies' organization. The Yankees upper level catching appears to be accounted for though, so Valle will simply serve as organizational depth.
The Pirates announced Friday they cut 12 players from major-league camp. They optioned Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A, while reassigning Deolis Guerra, Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Leesman, Brad Lincoln, Steve Lombardozzi, Brent Morel, Gustavo Nunez , Deibinson Romero, Jose Tabata, Sebastian Valle and Josh Wall to minor-league camp.
The Pirates announced Monday they signed outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, infielder Deibinson Romero and catcher Sebastian Valle to minor-league contracts. All three received an invite to major-league camp.
The Phillies announced Tuesday they optioned catcher Cameron Rupp to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and reassigned catcher Sebastian Valle to minor-league camp. Koyie Hill was also added to the spring roster as a non-roster invitee.