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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:

Mariners return Rule 5 pick Mike Ford to Yankees

Earlier today, it was announced that the Mariners returned Rule 5 draft pick Mike Ford to the Yankees. The first baseman was the 11th pick in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft and was one of four Yankees minor leaguers to be taken, along with pitchers Anyelo Gomez, Nestor Cortes, and Jose Mesa. Ford was optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

This move comes as a bit of a surprise, considering Ford put up solid numbers during spring training this year. His slash line of .259/.385/.500 with two homers, 10 RBIs, 10 walks and seven doubles in 65 plate appearances is extremely serviceable. He also put up strong numbers in 2017, slashing .270/.404/.471 with 20 homers, 86 RBIs and a whopping 94 walks between AA Trenton and AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Ford has always shown an incredible eye and his walk rate reflects that. However, with the emergence of Dan Vogelbach this spring (six homers, 1.385 OPS), and the return of newly acquired Ryon Healy from an injury, the Mariners just didn’t have a spot on their roster for Ford. 

It’s possible that we could see Ford in a Yankee uniform this season, as well. With Greg Bird’s latest injury as well as Tyler Austin’s injury history, Ford may be someone that the team could consider as a backup option later this season.

Article by: Alex Weir