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Yankees add five to 40-man roster

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 18, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees made their moves to protect young players from the Rule 5 draft, and they included their high-upside, injury-marred second baseman.

This afternoon, the team added RHP David Phelps, RHP D.J. Mitchell, OF Zoilo Almonte, INF Corban Joseph and INF David Adams to the 40-man roster. All five would have been eligible for the Rule 5 had they not been protected with a 40-man spot.

None of the five is a significant surprise. The only one who stands out is Adams, a third-round pick in 2008 who suffered an ankle injury in early 2010 and lost most of the past two seasons.

That said, the guy can hit. He’s hit .291/.375/.447 in the minor leagues, not a bad bat for a guy who’s primarily a second baseman, with some experience at third. He would have been a no-brainer for protection if not for the injury.

The other four seem to be fairly obvious decisions. Mitchell and Phelps are coming off strong Triple-A seasons, Almonte had a breakout season and Joseph is a solid utility candidate.




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