Today was the deadline to set the 40-man roster for the Rule 5 Draft. The Yankees made some moves.
Added to the roster: RHPs Anthony Claggett, Christian Garcia and Steven Jackson and LHP Michael Dunn.
Designated for assignment: Darrell Rasner (who was sold to a team in Japan).
The roster is now at 40.
Based entirely on the fine work of Chad Jennings, here are some of the notable players who are now eligible to be selected in the Rule 5:
Pitchers: J.B. Cox, Alan Horne, Jason Jones, Zach Kroenke, Kevin Whelan
Infielders: Reegie Corona, Ramiro Pena, Eric Duncan
Now keep in mind that a player selected in the Rule 5 Draft must stay on the major league roster the entire season or he offered back to his original club. So it’s not like the Yankees are casting these guys out. Horne is coming off surgery and is unlikely to be taken. Whelan is coming off a decent stint in the AFL (17.1 11 5 4 14 21). Jones and Kroenke had good seasons in AA.
I suspect the Yankees will at least get a player selected, maybe Cox. But other right-handed relievers have gone past him in the last two years.
The Yankees still have a few players on the 40-man who may or may not be in the plans. But for now at least, guys like Cody Ransom, Justin Christian, Chris Britton and Shelley Duncan remain Yankees.