A few hours after Cleveland released outfielder Ben Francisco, the Yankees signed him to a minor-league deal and offered a spot in their outfield competition. Francisco is expected to arrive here from Arizona by Wednesday. He can play both corner spots.

“I think he’s definitely worthy for the competition,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “So we’re going to take a look at him.”

The Yankees considered Francisco as a non-roster invitee before the season began. He opted for Cleveland -- which signed players like Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, winnowing Francisco's playing time.