Just a few roster nuggets for those interested in such things.
• Because of service time and the type of minor league contract Juan Rivera signed, the Yankees have until tomorrow to either release him or give him a $100,000 retention bonus which lets the Yankees keep Rivera on his minor league deal through Opening Day. I was told they don’t have to guarantee him a big league roster spot tomorrow, but they have to pay a significant amount of money if they’re going to keep him for the next week. In other words, there’s significant incentive to let Rivera go if the Yankees aren’t planning to carry him on Opening Day.
• None of the other guys in Yankees camp on minor league deals — Ben Francisco, Bobby Wilson, Dan Johnson, etc. — qualify for that $100,000 retention situation. Matt Diaz did, but he’s already gone.
• I was told today that the Yankees are not allowed to backdate a 60-day disabled list assignment for either Curtis Granderson or Mark Teixeira. In other words, they can’t put Granderson the 60-day retroactive to the day he was hurt and activate him on May 1. Putting either of those two on the 60-day would essentially guarantee that they miss the first two months of the season. I was told those two, “are not 60-day candidates.”
• Sounds like Cesar Cabral will be the next player placed on the 60-day to open a 40-man spot.
• Another player who is not a 60-day candidate is Manny Banuelos. He’s lost for the season because of last year’ s Tommy John surgery, but the Yankees will not 60-day him because it would start his major league clock. In the past, they’ve had no choice but to 60-day some minor leaguers who were hurt while in big league camp — that happened with Colin Curtis a few years ago — but Banuelos was added to the 40-man strictly for Rule 5 protection and was already hurt when camp started. He’ll spend the year on the minor league disabled list. Even if the Yankees badly need a 40-man spot this year, Banuelos will not go on the 60-day. “It’s not happening,” I was told.
• Derek Jeter got treatment today, nothing else.
• Based on a handful of conversations, I’m not expecting the Vernon Wells trade to be official until tomorrow. Still don’t know who’s going to Anaheim in the deal. Good work by my friend Mark Feinsand outlining how the trade might actually help the Yankees stay below the $189 threshold next season.
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