Yanks add two to 40-man

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Open Thread: The early odds

Via Mike Ashmore, the Yanks have added RHP Eric Hacker & LHP Wilkins DeLeRosa to the 40-man roster. Both players would have been eligible for the Rule 5 draft in December, and essential take the spots of Pudge & Abreu, who filed for free agency yesterday. I’m a bit surprised they added DeLaRosa, I think he would have slipped through the Rule 5 with ease because it would be tough for a team to keep a raw arm like that on their 25-man roster all season. This tells you what the Yanks think of both players, and I congratulate them both on this career milestone.

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One for the ages
Open Thread: The early odds
  • Accent Shallow

    I figure with De La Rosa, if he’s the second lefty out of the pen, he won’t be seeing much action. Most teams can afford to carry someone like that, right?

    Hacker, I’m not so sanguine about since he’s been hurt so much.

    What does he project to, mid-rotation to back-end starter in the best case? Or another reliever?

  • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

    De La Rosa would have been a free agent. Unless he agreed to come back on a minor league deal, he would be gone.

    I completely disagree with the decision to add Hacker though. Unless they believe he has had a Coke-like revelation, I don’t get it. But as long as it doesn’t prevent them from adding guys like Garcia, whatever.

    • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

      (P.S. I believe it’s “De La Rosa” not “DeLaRosa.”)

    • Accent Shallow

      Learned to throw with his left hand?

      • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

        Non-prospect who suddenly develops more skill at an older age for a prospect.

        • http://yankeesmtom.blogspot.com steve

          That was terribly worded, but I think you get what I mean.

  • dan

    I seriously doubt that DeLaRosa would have stuck in ML spring training. He pitched 3 games above low-A Charleston and will be 24 by opening day.

    • whozat

      Yeah, but a team like the Nats could totally afford to stash him and then stick him back in the minors next year, no?

      I don’t think he’s eligible for MiLB free agency…I think he’s got a year or more to go yet. Isn’t it like…6 or 7 years until free agency, and more like 5 until Rule 5 eligibility?

  • E-ROC

    Who are the other players available for the Rule V draft?

  • dan

    Bust. And double-bust.

  • EKH

    De La Rosa at 24 in High A is better than just about every pitcher on the Nats. Is Garcia the biggest remaining risk?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Horne and Cox also aren’t on the 40-man and are Rule 5 eligible.

  • SWB

    EROC
    The guys available for the Rule V are college players from 2005 and high schoolers from 2004. There are list all over, one that comes to mind is Chad Jennings

  • ABC

    What happens to Eric Duncan now? IS he available for the Rule 5 draft?

    • http://mvn.com/milb-yankees Eric

      He was available last year and nobody took him. I can’t imagine him being taken this year.

    • Troy

      Duncan won’t be protected

  • Brian

    I wonder if putting Hacker and De La Rosa on is notsomuch about whether they would stick on a 25-man for another team, but a chance to increase their value, see if they get off to a nice start, and become a higher value chip.

  • ortforshort

    A little indication of how far the depth of the Yankee farm system has sunk, just in the last year, by putting these two on the forty man roster.

    • steve (different one)

      it is incredible how little you know.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Please run me through the train of logic you employed to come to this conclusion.

  • Emac2

    Do you guys think you are that good at rating prospects or do you just regurgitate BA?

    I’m always amazed by fans that don’t seem to understand the development process and that very often something just clicks at some point. A power lefty arm that started as a position player has good reason to fall through the cracks and develop late.

    People should review what the player did in the current/last year or wait to develop your opinion until after the prospect lists come out to tell you what your opinion is. Acting like you know what you are talking about while basing your opinions on last years report just makes you look foolish

    Coke and De La Rosa will both be valuable players and San Diego for example would take De La Rosa in a second because they rate players on how they play instead of how popular they were in last years magazine.

    • steve (different one)

      who are you talking to?

      • Emac2

        Anyone who acts like they know De La Rosa isn’t worth a spot or that his addition to the list means our prospect pool has weakened

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      You can’t say that for certain. For a team to take De La Rosa, you’d have to put him on your 25-man roster all season. That’s quite a gamble.

      • Emac2

        I can be a lot more certain someone would want him than anyone can be that no one would.

        Have you even looked at what he did last year?

        And what do you mean by quite a gamble? Are you in awe of the Padre’s 25th man?

        How does a GM explain not signing a minor league free agent who throws 95, dominated in his only year pitching and is a lefty?

        well gosh boss, I didn’t think we had any roster spots to spare?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I just go with what Baseball America says. If someone’s already done the work, why bother to do it again? Original thought just isn’t my style.

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