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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:

Yankees resign CC Sabathia

Earlier news broke by Mark Feinsand of MLB.com that the New York Yankees have resigned CC Sabathia to a one-year deal worth $10 million. Sabathia has been with the Yanks since 2009 when he inked a seven-year, $161 million deal. He's been the veteran pitching staff leader, a role that was once filled by fellow southpaw, Andy Pettite. In 2018, Sabathia will provide veteran leadership for rookie manager Aaron Boone and a young Yankee roster.
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Sabathia, 37, was the stopper for the Bombers in 2017 going 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 27 starts. He was picked as the starter for the Yankees in game five of the ALDS in Cleveland, as well as for game seven of the ALCS. The Yankees relied heavily on Sabathia, so it is no surprise that they elected to bring him back. And Brian Cashman may not be done just yet.

The Bombers are reportedly still talking to Pittsburgh about Gerrit Cole, but those talks may be dying out soon. CC’s resigning gives the Yankees five starters.

Article by: Matthew Donovan

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