40 Man Decisions

Yesterday was the deadline to add a minor league player to the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The Yankees added six players. Five from the minors and one they acquired by trade.

The five from the minors include some familiar and somewhat unfamiliar names. Gary Sanchez and Slade Heathcott are two names very familiar to Yankees fans and need no additional comments from me. Jose Campos is the other arm they received from the Mariners in the Montero-Pineda swap. He is still a long way from the majors, but he has looked very good when healthy.

That leaves Bryan Mitchell and Shane Greene. Both have made it to AA last year. Greene pitched better than Mitchell in 2013, but he is also two years older. Neither one looks like a front of the rotation starter.

The player they acquired by trade from the Padres, Dean Anna, won the PCL batting title last year. He put up a line of .331, .410, .482 as a middle infielder in 2013, which sounds great until you realize that its the PCL and he is 26. However, he has played all over the diamond and hits lefty, so he should have a solid chance to make the team as a reserve in 2014.

And the Yankees left some interesting players unprotected. Tommy Kahnle had awesome strikeout numbers at Trenton, but way too many walks. Chase Whitley put together a nice swing season in AAA and will probably get selected in the draft as a bullpen arm for some club.

Now we will wait for some free agent signings or the tender deadline on December 2nd for another roster shakeup. One position to note is catcher where the Yankees have five guys on their 40-man roster. You would have to think that either Cervelli or Stewart will be non-tendered when the first free agent signs.