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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 ink LHP Oliver Perez to minor league deal

With the Yankees southpaw reliever depth pretty thin outside Chasen Shreve and their closer Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees have signed 15-year veteran Oliver Perez to a minor league contract as announced by Team Mexico on Twitter.
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Perez was a serviceable starting pitcher when he came up to the big leagues, but control and stamina issues made him transition into a relief pitcher in 2012 where he has shined since.

Perez, 36, has pitched in 50 or more games at the major league level every season since 2013, mostly as a lefty specialist. Perez most recently pitched for the Nationals in 2017 where he went 0-0 with a 4.64 ERA in 50 games. Most encouraging was his 10.6 K/9 and his ability to get tough left-handed hitters out.

Expect Perez to start out in Scranton and be one of the first relievers called up, if a LHP goes down with an injury.

Article by: Ryan Thoms