NY 40 man roster 2019-2020

jon abbey

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One month to the trading deadline, Cashman needs to start thinking about who he can protect from the rule 5 draft this winter, and who he needs to move for value before then. So I thought I'd take a shot at seeing where NY stands:

NY right now has a crazy 10 guys on the 60 day DL plus 39 players currently active on the 40 man roster. They have at least three must-add prospects in Estevan Florial, Michael King and Deivi Garcia, so that's 52, minus 6 guys whose contracts are expiring (Didi, Betances, CC, Gardner, Romine, Maybin) and minus 3 guys who are just dead weight (Tulo, Ellsbury, Barrett), so that is 43 currently.

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SP (12): Paxton, Tanaka, Severino, Happ, German, Montgomery, Loaisiga, Cortes Jr, Adams, King, Garcia, Abreu

RP (12): Chapman, Britton, Ottavino, Kahnle, Green, Tarpley, Hale, Cessa, Harvey, Holder, Heller, Acevedo

C (2): Sanchez, Higashioka

IF (11): Torres, LeMahieu, Voit, Urshela, Estrada, Andujar, Bird, Ford, Wade, Valera (Encarnacion has a $20M option with a $5M buyout)

OF (6): Judge, Stanton, Hicks, Frazier, Florial, Tauchman

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Other prospects who might need to be protected: JP Feyereisen, Kyle Holder (red hot recently), Luis Gil, probably others.

Cashman needs to move some relievers (he traded four at last year's deadline and could do that again), anyone after Green in the list is possible. From the SP list, Adams and Abreu are probably the most vulnerable.

They also need to thin out the infield a bit, Wade has been passed by Estrada and probably Valera so he is probably the top candidate to get moved there. Bird needs to go too but they will likely let him try to get healthy first. The OF still needs a backup with options who can play CF (Tauchman is good defensively but has been disappointing offensively so far), otherwise they might need to bring back Gardner yet again.
 

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Not only did Cashman not manage to acquire anyone this deadline (although Encarnacion should count), he didn't feel comfortable or wasn't able to clear out much of his depth (just Harvey), so now that will have to happen after the season. This post is for me to check in public if they will run into 40 man issues before then with IL activations.

So, 39 guys on the 40 man currently, plus 9 on the 60 man. Of the 9, the three position players (Ellsbury/Andujar/Bird) shouldn't be an issue plus Barrett from the pitchers, so that leaves Loaisiga (for the Harvey spot presumably), and then Betances, Severino, and possibly Montgomery/Heller.

Camarena can easily go for one of Betances/Severino, no loss there, but if all three of Loaisiga/Betances/Severino are back and no one else new is added to the 60 day IL, I am not sure who they would cut. Stanton has been out since June 25, so if he is behind those other three, he could go to the 60 man and at least delay a decision.

Also it really would be nice to get Feyereisen on the 40 man and up in September to see how he looks, but he will have to wait in line barring season-ending injuries. Mike King too, I sure wish Cashman had moved some more 40 man guys.
 

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The Fangraphs guys took a shot at this same thing yesterday, here is their list for NY going into the deadline:

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New York Yankees

Current 40-Man Count: 49
Pending Free Agents: 7 (Edwin Encarnación, Didi Gregorius, Austin Romine, Cameron Maybin, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances)
Must-Add Prospects: 3 (Deivi Garcia, Estevan Florial, Luis Gil)
Fringe Current 40-Man Members: 11 (Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo, Stephen Tarpley, Nestor Cortes Jr., Chance Adams, David Hale, Joe Harvey, Jake Barrett, Kyle Higashioka, Ben Heller, Daniel Camarena)
Possible-Add Prospects: 15 (Nick Nelson, Oswaldo Cabrera, Miguel Yajure, Luis Medina, Rony Garcia, Michael King, Ben Ruta, Dermis Garcia, Trevor Lane, Kaleb Ort, Pablo Olivares, Freicer Perez, Isiah Gilliam, Jio Orozco, Brooks Kriske)


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They are missing Feyereisen at least as a possible-add guy, Kyle Holder too. Miguel Yajure is the one who has pushed himself into possible consideration in recent weeks, a 21 year old RH SP who has dominated in high A (2.06 ERA) plus is already up to 109 innings.

 

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NY is going to need to protect a bunch of high-ceiling pitchers this winter, most of whom are not ready to help yet, and that will be tricky to do. They just dropped Domingo Acevedo, who had big upside at one point, but whose many injuries seem to have taken a toll on him as he was sitting low nineties all season, so that clears one more spot at least.
 

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This is 44, and it's not hard to get down to 40 (Bird or Ford, Valera, a couple of relievers), but the problem is you have 4 SP prospects who may not be able to help you in 2020 (the last 4 there).

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SP (15): Paxton, Tanaka, Severino, Happ, German, Montgomery, Loaisiga, Cortes Jr, Adams, King, Garcia, Gil, Medina, Yajure, Abreu

RP (10): Chapman, Britton, Ottavino, Kahnle, Green, Tarpley, Hale, Cessa, Holder, Heller

C (2): Sanchez, Higashioka

IF (11): Torres, LeMahieu, Voit, Urshela, Estrada, Andujar, Bird, Ford, Wade, Valera, Holder

OF (6): Judge, Stanton, Hicks, Frazier, Florial, Tauchman

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Hale was DFAd today to clear a spot for Hicks, they may try to sign him back if possible but he is off the 40 man for now. Valera is also gone from the list in the previous post, DFAd in September and picked up by the Blue Jays.
 

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Hale was DFAd today to clear a spot for Hicks, they may try to sign him back if possible but he is off the 40 man for now. Valera is also gone from the list in the previous post, DFAd in September and picked up by the Blue Jays.
When your talent pool is this deep, anyone booted off the 40 will be picked up by the scavengers. Hale was very effective this year.