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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 trade Chase Headley, Bryan Mitchell to Padres

It seems that even after acquiring slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees are not done shopping this offseason. According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Yankees have traded righty Bryan Mitchell and third baseman Chase Headley to the Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash.
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Because of the small return in a 28-year old-outfielder with a career .200 batting average that has no chance of sniffing the Yankees outfield, this is a clear salary dump for the New York Yankees. This is also a two for one trade to clear space on the 40-man roster. 

With the subtraction of Headley and the $13 million left on his contract for 2018, Todd Frazier automatically becomes a candidate to be resigned by the Yankees to man third base. Frazier, a New Jersey guy who clearly loves playing in pinstripes, should be fairly easy for the Yankees to retain if they want him to.

Toward the end of the season, Frazier was favored at third base over Chase Headley, and rightfully so. He brings a great defensive glove, and some power along with run production at the bottom of an already stacked Yankees lineup. Other options at third base within the system include Tyler Wade, Gleyber Torres, Ronald Torreyes, and Miguel Andujar.

Article by: Noah Clement

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