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.