The Yankees announced today that they have signed infielder Mark Bellhorn to a Major-League contract. To make room for Bellhorn on their 40-man roster, the Yankees transferred RHP Carl Pavano from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. The Yankees will announce an additional 25-man roster move prior to tonight's game in Seattle.
The 31-year old Bellhorn batted .216 (61-for-283) with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 85 games with the Boston Red Sox this season. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb on July 18 and missed 28 games before being designated for assignment on August 19 and subsequently released by the Red Sox on August 26. A member of Boston's World Championship team in 2004, Bellhorn batted a career-best .264 (138-for-523) and established career-highs with 82 RBI, 93 runs scored and 88 walks (tied for the third-most among all American League batters).
In his eight-year Major League career (Oakland A's, 1997-2001; Chicago Cubs, 2002-03; Colorado Rockies, 2003 and Boston, 2004-05), Bellhorn has played every position except catcher and pitcher. He was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1992, but chose instead to attend Auburn University where he helped lead his team to the College World Series in 1994.