40-Man Clean Out-UPDATED

The Yankees are showing the depth of their organization by cleaning off their 40-man roster before things set at 8pm tonight. Nick Rumbelow, Caleb Smith, Garret Cooper, and Ronald Herrera, have all been traded for prospects who don’t need to be protected this offseason, and some additional international bonus pool money. This makes a lot of sense organizationally.

The Yankees clear spots to protect players from their own system. We will hear the names later tonight, but we know one is Gleyber Torres. With the trades, the Yankees have freed up four additional spots to go with the three they already had. Keep in mind that they probably won’t fill them all as someone like CC Sabathia could come back and take one, and it is better to risk exposing a prospect to the Rule 5 draft than having to remove him from the roster with waivers later.

The additional bonus money is interesting because the Yankees already had the second-most in the game. This is almost certainly a way to make sure they can offer Ohtani the biggest contract in the game. Since the money isn’t going to be huge, I am not sure it is a big advantage, but it would be an advantage.

UPDATE

As expected, the Yankees addded six players to their 40-man roster leaving one spot open. Let’s go through the adds who are all now invited to Spring Training and therefore could be in NY in April.

Gleyber Torres- Top prospect in the game. Can hit, can run, can play second, third, or short. I don’t think the Yankees break camp with him, but if he hits in spring they won’t hesitate to let him play.

Domingo Acevedo- Big RHP who lights up the radar gun. Might be a rotation piece or a reliever in the future, but most likely headed to Scranton to start 2018.

Albert Abreu- Half if the return for Brian McCann. Nowhere close to the bigs, but a legitimate rotation possibility down the line.

Thairo Estrada- Middle infield prospect who probably is a utility guy down the road. Still just 21, but not a power threat. Defense and speed are his calling cards.

Billy McKinney- A piece of the Chapman trade. Didn’t do much at AA, but hit like a champion at AAA. Probably nothing more than a lefty bat who can play outfield as a fill in.

Jonathan Loasiga- This one makes no sense to me. Big time arm coming out in 2013, but got hurt and has pitched 35 innings as a Yankee in the last two years with none of those above short season A-ball.