Yankees do not open 40-man roster spot prior to Rule 5 Draft deadline

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The Yankees did not clear a 40-man roster spot prior to Monday’s deadline, so they will not be able to make a selection in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. I thought they might roll the dice on a reliever or two given the state of the bullpen, but I guess not. Not a big deal, obviously. The success rate of Rule 5 Draft picks under the current system is so low it’s not even worth thinking about.

The Yankees will need to open a 40-man spot once Carlos Beltran‘s three-year contract becomes official. Otherwise all of the team’s recent additions are finalized and on the roster.

Tuesday Night Open Thread
Cashman confirms Yankees planning to retire Joe Torre's number ... eventually
  • JAG

    Curious: is there anything preventing them from waiting to officially announced signings of free agents until after the deadline to keep the 40-man spot open? Obviously they have to open the spot up eventually, but is there any rule that prevents them from keeping, say, Kuroda or Johnson technically unsigned until their Rule 5 draft spot is locked in?

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  • CashmanNinja

    Not a big deal. If we didn’t sign Beltran then I’d have thought they should have tried, but chances are the only thing of value available would be a reliever and the Yanks do a pretty good job of plugging that hole via internal options.

  • MayorKoch

    So who get’s the axe when Beltran is signed? My money is on Wells

    • Jorge Steinbrenner (the rarely spoken-of sibling)

      I don’t think he’s on the team next season, but I doubt he goes first.

      • forensic

        I still have this irrational fear that he’ll end up being on the team next season. I can’t shake that feeling until Cashman finally pulls the trigger on the release.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner (the rarely spoken-of sibling)

          I don’t think I’m necessarily afraid of it. I just think he has zero role at this point. Of course, he had a role last year and sucked royally at it.

          • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

            Fear of the Day (FotD)™: not only is Wells on the team in 2014, but he gets meaningful ABs.

  • CashmanNinja

    I think Wells is going no matter what. It’s just a matter of time. He’s a nice guy and I would have absolutely loved to have had him play for us in his prime…but he’s sadly just a shell of his former self and outside of 1 month really didn’t do much of anything (positive that is).

  • Jorge Steinbrenner (the rarely spoken-of sibling)

    Where have you gone, Josh Phelps and Jamie Hoffmann?

  • Dustin

    I would’ve loved to have seen them grab Brian Moran, but I’m sure he’ll be one of the first two or three picks, if not the very first.

  • Travis L.

    I’d have thought that if they were going to try Rule 5 relivers, they would have given Dan Burawa and Tom Kahnle a shot first.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner (the rarely spoken-of sibling)

      It’s not necessarily that linear. They may think neither can stick in the majors all season, but there may be someone else out there who’d have a better shot.

      We were one elbow injury away from seeing Cabral get the shot two seasons ago.

  • FLYER7

    Wells should go first. Why lose someone of more value? As it is I think 3 or 4 currently on the 40 man may go this off season? Flores? Huff? Possibly a 2 for 1 deal that clears a spot, Need a spot for Beltran, a 2B and 3B though an Arod suspension would clear another spot which may be why there is some jockeying going on right now with roster spots.