Former Vanderbilt pitcher Caleb Cotham signed with the New York Yankees on Monday, the last day for Major League teams to sign players they drafted in June. He agreed to a $675,000 contract, according to the Yankees.
Cotham, from Mt. Juliet, was selected in the fifth round (165th overall).
A starter for most of the 2009 season, he had a team-high seven wins in addition to a 4.10 ERA and 84 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched. In three seasons with the Commodores he was 14-11.
Several other VU players signed professional contracts prior to Monday. They were: pitcher Mike Minor (Atlanta), outfielder Steven Liddle (Minnesota) and Jonathan White (San Francisco).
Also on Monday, former Vanderbilt pitcher Brett Jacobson, a fourth-round choice by Detroit in 2008, was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Major League infielder-outfielder Aubrey Huff.
Jacobson is 1-3 with a 3.75 ERA in Class A ball this season.