The Winter Meetings end with the annual Rule 5 Draft.
Simple explanation of the draft: Older minor league players not on a 40-man roster are eligible to be selected. The team taking them must keep them in the majors for the entire season or offer them back to their original club. There are roughly 800 of those players.
The Yankees, who finally have some prospects, had to leave some decent players unprotected. They include RHPs Steven Jackson and Brett Smith.
Smith is a former second-round pick who has never really made the jump. But he was 7-4, 2.97 for Trenton last season. He has control issues. Jackson is one of the kids the Yankees got back for Randy Johnson last year around this time. He had an inconsistent season then got belted around in the Arizona Fall League.
The Yankees also left former first-round pick Eric Duncan unprotected. He has been a bust since being selected out of Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey. He was .241/.323/.389 for Scranton last season.
The Yankees have a full 40-man roster and cannot select anybody. They took Hall of Famer Josh Phelps last season.