Casey McGehee has elected free agency, the Yankees announced. I guess the team outrighted him off the 40-man roster at some point and he refused the minor league assignment. The 30-year-old infielder was acquired from the Pirates at the trade deadline and hit .151/.220/.264 in just 59 plate appearances with the Yankees. He was buried behind Steve Pearce for a while and was left off both the ALDS and ALCS rosters. McGehee was a prime non-tender candidate and this gets him off the roster a little sooner.
In other news, the Yankees also announced that they’ve returned Rule 5 Draft pick Brad Meyers to the Nationals. The 27-year-old right-hander didn’t pitch at all this year after hurting his shoulder during an offseason workout. Left-hander Cesar Cabral, the team’s other Rule 5 Draft pick, is still on the roster. He’s a special case as a two-time Rule 5 guy and could be retained long-term. The 23-year-old pitched well in Spring Training and might have beaten Clay Rapada out for the second lefty reliever’s job had he not fractured his elbow near the end of camp. The Yankees currently have 12 open spots on their 40-man roster, but both Cabral and Michael Pineda still need to be activated off the 60-day. So it’s really ten open spots.