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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:

MLB Free Agency: Yankees have made contact with CC Sabathia

According to Jon Heyman and others, the Yankees have been in contact with free agent lefty CC Sabathia about a return to the Bronx. CC has stated repeatedly that his preference would be to remain with the Yankees.

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Sabathia has also been in contact with the Los Angeles Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays in the past few days. While the Yankees continue to explore the trade market for starting pitchers, the addition of a starter through a trade wouldn't necessarily spell the end of Sabathia as a Yankee. CC has stated that he wouldn't mind pitching as part of a six man rotation going forward. That might not be a bad thing for the big lefty going into his age 38 season.

In 2017, CC pitched to a 3.69 ERA with a 14-5 record with 120 strikeouts and 50 walks in 27 starts. He was very effective in the 148.2 innings that he threw last season and pitching as part of a six man rotation would be a good way to manage his workload and keep him fresh throughout the season.

As the Winter Meetings roll on, we may get some clarity on Sabathia's future in the coming days. Stay tuned.

Article by Matt Graziano