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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 acquire infielder L.J. Mazzilli from the Mets

The Yankees made an interesting exchange on Tuesday morning as they traded away minor league outfielder, Kendall Coleman, to the Mets in exchange for minor league infielder L.J. Mazzilli. Mazzilli is the son of former Yankee player and coach Lee Mazzilli.
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The Yankees and Mets are not known for trading with one another due to their subway rivalry, but were able to swing this swap of relatively unknown minor league players.

Coleman was taken by the Bombers in the 11th round of the 2013 draft and has not made it above Single-A. Coleman is a career .207/.309/.301 hitter in the minors.

Mazzilli was also a product of the 2013 draft, but was chosen in the fourth round by the Mets. The 27-year-old is a career .268/.339/.379 hitter in the minors and will add infield depth to the Yankees minor league teams. Mazzilli has received two suspensions in his career due to drug abuse, with the latest one coming in 2014.

Article by: Ryan Thoms