12 January 2012


Preston Mattingly, the 24-year-old son of former Yankees star and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees.

The Yankees said he will report to minor league spring training.

The younger Mattingly hit .232 with five doubles, five home and 19 RBIs in 53 games last year with Class A Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga.

He was drafted by the Dodgers in 2006, then traded to Cleveland in  2010, released by the Indians the following April and then signed with the Dodgers. He was a six-year minor league free agent.

Preston becomes the third Mattingly to suit up in the Yankees orgainization.

Taylor Mattingly played minor league ball for the Yankees in 2003 and 2004, reaching their Class A affiliate in Staten Island before quitting professional baseball after a shoulder injury.

In 2009 Taylor was arrested on misdemeanor charges of shoving his mother and spitting in her face after she allegedly sent him an insulting text message.

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