Evaluating possible non-tender candidates for the Yankees
The Yankees are going to need to make some minor moves soon in order to create enough spots on their 40-man roster to protect their plethora of young talent from the Rule 5 draft. Here is who could be on the chopping block as a non-tender candidate or possible trade candidate in the coming weeks:
The Yankees were faced with a great deal of adversity at first base last season due to injuries and underperformances. Greg Bird’s solid September and postseason all but cemented him as the first baseman of the future barring injury. This leaves this duo of first baseman without a clear starting position and the Yankees will likely decide that one of them is not worth hanging on to at the expense of a greater talent. Both Cooper and Austin have displayed glimpses of solid play at the major league level, but one of them may still be seeing their way out of the Bronx. Both players do have some trade value, so Cashman may seek out a trade partner for one of these two players, but if it comes down to it, their non-tendering may be inevitable.
Giovanny Gallegos/ Jonathan Holder
Frequent passengers on the infamous Scranton Shuttle, both Holder and Giovanny Gallegos were odd men out of the bullpen once the Yankees bolstered it at the Trade Deadline. Gallegos’ 4.87 ERA illustrates how mediocre he was in his brief stints, but the Yankees may value his ability to whiff opposing hitters. Holder was able to pitch 39 innings, but seemed to lose his edge in the month of June, which led to his eventual demotion. With the bullpen mostly set for 2017, the Yankees could opt to let go one of these guys in favor of adding a pitcher like Albert Abreu to the 40-man.
Bryan Mitchell/ Luis Cessa
Both of these have solid stuff, but a combination of ineffectiveness and injuries may help see themselves out of the Bronx. Mitchell was a frontrunner to win the fifth starter job out of Spring Training last season, but saw his chances ultimately crushed due to an injury. After coming back he was simply not the same, and all Yankee fans remember the grand slam he served up at Citi Field last summer. Cessa had some extended stints as a starter due to injuries to CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and Michael Pineda, but did not post fantastic numbers. Both pitchers proved to be home run prone and are expendable due to the Yankees strength of minor league pitching depth.
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