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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 Trade Rumors: Yankees closing in on Gerrit Cole

Per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Yankees are closing in on a deal to acquire Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. Passan goes on to say that while the final package has not come together at this point, the sides are talking and there is “a feeling of when rather than if.” He also goes on to say that while the Yankees remain the likeliest destination for Cole, the Pirates would likely still move him elsewhere if the trade with the Yankees falls through.

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The Yankees interest in Cole first became apparent during the Winter Meetings but were rumored to have cooled since then. It now seems that may have been a ploy for leverage on the part of the Yankees. While other teams would surely be interested in Cole, the Yankees farm system is one the best in baseball and is home to many attractive, high end prospects. A name that has been thrown around a lot in trade speculation is that of Clint Frazier. There are also reports that the current hold up is that Pittsburgh is asking for top prospect Gleyber Torres, though it is unlikely the Yankees would part ways with him. It would definitely take additional pieces to land Cole, but don’t be surprised if Frazier is involved if this deal happens. 

Cole will be entering the sixth season of his career in 2018 and will be just 27 years old. He has a history with a Yankees organization that drafted him in the first round coming out of high school in 2008 and that offered a hefty bonus to get him to sign. Cole was committed to UCLA though and followed through with that commitment before being drafted by the Pirates with the first overall selection of the 2011 MLB Draft. For the 2017 season Cole pitched to a 12-12 record with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.     

Article by Matt Graziano