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Jace Peterson Elects Free Agency Instead of Heading to Triple-A With Yankees

12up logo 12up 4/16/2018 Sam Chinitz
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​Jace Peterson has bounced around the league since making his major league debut with the Padres in 2014, and the 27-year-old will now look for his fourth team over the past five seasons after electing free agency from the Yankees on Monday.

The Yankees gave Peterson the option of a minor league demotion or a chance in free agency, and Peterson chose the latter and will now test the market.

After a promotion to the major leagues in early April, Peterson played in two games for the Yankees and notched three singles and a walk in 10 plate appearances.

Peterson was originally removed from the major league roster to make room for ​Shane Robinson, who is also now off of the Yankees' roster after being outrighted. Circle of life.

The return of Aaron Hicks made Peterson redundant in the Yankees' outfield, and Ronald Torreyes' strong play made Peterson unnecessary in the infield as well.

Over his career, Peterson has slashed .234/.320/.331 and although he was once a promising prospect, he hasn't played well at the major league level outside of his healthy walk rate.

​​Peterson will likely find a minor league deal with an opportunity to break into the major leagues somewhere before the end of the season as he is a versatile defender, but securing a major league deal is unlikely at this point.

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