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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 sign INF/OF Jace Peterson to minor league deal

The Yankees agreed to sign former Braves INF/OF Jace Peterson to a minor league deal, which was first reported by SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. He will receive an invitation to spring training, and if he makes the club, will earn $900,000 in the majors.
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Peterson, who was non-tendered by the Braves, will compete for a job in the Yankee infield, which had two openings after the trades of Starlin Castro and Chase Headley. However, he is coming off a rough 2017, where he hit just .218/.318/.317, with two homers in 215 plate appearances. His career numbers of .234/.319/.331 aren’t too strong either, but at 27, he’s still young and has shown tools in the past that could help him become an useful player in the major leagues. 

Article by: Alex Weir

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