Mike Zagurski is off the roster, but he won’t be the last one removed. Who else is on his way off the Yankees 40-man, one way or another?
These are the easy ones. Rivera and Pettitte will technically become free agents at the same time as many of their teammates. What sets them apart is that they’re not interested in coming back.
Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson, Lyle Overbay, Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner, Mark Reynolds, Brendan Ryan, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain
The Yankees clearly want Cano and Kuroda back, and there seems to be a good chance they’ll at least give Granderson a qualifying offer (less certain whether he’ll actually take it). Ultimately, though, there’s a chance none of these 11 will be back next year. They’ll all fall off the roster after the World Series, opening a bunch of 40-man spots while also opening a ton of roster holes that have to be filled.
Jayson Nix, Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli, David Huff
This group is arbitration eligible with at least some chance of being non-tendered. Obviously some are more likely than others, but I’d guess that this group of four has a much higher non-tender potential than other arb-eligible guys like Ivan Nova, Shawn Kelley, Dave Robertson and Brett Gardner. Those four aren’t going anywhere. The four listed above at least might be.
Matt Daley, Brett Marshall, Corban Joseph
Similar to Zagurski, these guys cost next to nothing for next season, but they could be the first to go if the Yankees have to open roster spots either for new players or to protect prospects from the Rule 5. Daley actually pitched well in both Triple-A and the big leagues, but he could be a victim of the numbers game. Same sort of thing could happen to Marshall (who had a rough Triple-A season) and Joseph (shaky Triple-A numbers for season-ending surgery). Should be no rush to push these guys off the roster, but I’d guess these three rank ahead of guys like David Adams, Zoilo Almonte and Cesar Cabral in terms of if-necessary DFA possibilities.
* It’s worth noting that a few players mentioned here — Cervelli, Nix, Youkilis, Joseph — are currently on the 60-day disabled list and don’t count against the 40-man limit. Four other guys — Vidal Nuno, CC Sabathia, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira — are also on the 60-day and will technically be added to the 40-man limit as these things sort themselves out.
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