How Yankees messed with Billy McKinney before giving him the best news

Yankees outfield prospect Billy McKinney was looking forward to the weekend. He planned to leave minor-league camp for a few days to spend Easter with his family in Texas.

But when he arrived at the team’s minor-league development complex in Tampa on Friday morning, several staffers told him it was important to see Vice President of Player Development Kevin Reese before he started preparing for the day.

Reese knew of McKinney’s plans, so he started by telling the 23-year-old that he couldn’t go home. So, McKinney said, I was like,’Oh, what did I do now’

Outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury (strained right oblique) and Clint Frazier (concussion) are also on the DL, forcing the Yankees to call up McKinney, whom MLB.com ranks as the team’s 19th best prospect.

It’s really unfortunate, especially with great players — Jacoby, Clint and Aaron — it’s tough, McKinney said. Obviously, I know Aaron getting hurt, everybody’s been through it. Hopefully they get him back on the field as soon as possible.

Arizona will be one stop of Mayfield’s tour, which will take him to Cleveland, Buffalo, both the Giants and Jets in New York, Miami and Denver, according to MMQB.

He made a season-high 10 receptions for 107 yards in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14. The former Baylor receiver’s most productive season was 2013, when he caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards with Tennessee. –The Cleveland Browns announced they have agreed to contracts with former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton and former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis. Terms were not available, but Stanton’s deal was originally reported to be for two years. He becomes the third quarterback on Cleveland’s roster, with the team widely expected to take another with the first overall pick in next month’s draft.

Janis was a seventh-round pick by the Packers out of Saginaw Valley State in 2014. In 51 games with Green Bay, he had just 17 catches for 200 yards and one touchdown, though he famously caught a Hail Mary from Aaron Rodgers with no time left to send a playoff game against the Cardinals into overtime in 2016. –The New York Jets announced that they signed former Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.patriots_091-223x223

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