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Yankees lose six players to the Rule-5 draft, acquire one

The Yankees’ minor league systems is deep even beyond the flashy prospects, and as a result, they had six players they chose not to protect on the 40-man roster selected by other clubs in the Rule-5 draft. Only one of the six Yankees, RHP Nick Green, was selected in the Major League phase, while five players were selected in the Triple-A phase. The Yankees chose one player of their own in the Triple-A phase in RHP Adonis De la Cruz. A friendly reminder for those who are not familiar with the Rule-5 draft, the teams who select these players must keep them on their active roster of either the Major League or Triple-A team, depending on the phase of selection, or be offered back to their former club. Here is a breakdown of Cruz and who the Yankees lost:

Breaking: Yankees name Josh Bard their new bench coach

With the managerial position taken care of, it was only a matter of time until the rest of the Yankees coaching staff was filled in. The first new member of the staff to join Aaron Boone will be the 39-year-old bullpen coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Josh Bard.
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Bard does not have any managing experience, which is a tad surprising since Boone also lacks experience. However, the Yankees believe Rothschild’s former managing experience could fill that role.

Bard was a teammate of Aaron Boone with the Cleveland Indians and had a steady career primarily as a backup catcher from 2002-2011. Bard will provide an instant connection within the Yankees coaching staff and will also bring experience from a team that just made it to the World Series.

Being a catcher, he could be an integral mentor for Gary Sanchez.

More than anything this hiring shows the Yankees are not afraid to take risks with the coaching decisions and are applying the youth movement to both sides of the game.

For what it is worth, Bard used to catch CC Sabathia on the Indians. 

Article by: Ryan Thoms