All right so maybe outfielder/pinch runner Freddy Guzman didn’t even play in the World Series, but he did play in the ALCS and will get a ring sometime next year. Now he and pitcher Josh Towers were removed from the Yankees 40-man roster and are now free agents, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
The Yankees outrighted them to the minors, a move that takes them off of the 40-man roster, but they each essentially had the right to refuse and become free agents which is what they did. This doesn’t mean they won’t be with the Yankees in 2010, but it gives them the opportunity to see if other teams have more interest in them.
Both will recieve World Series rings despite playing such a small role with the Yankees this season. Guzman was primarily used as a pinch runner and appeared in 10 games only getting six at bats. Towers was primarily signed as filler for the minor league rotation, but the Yankees did give him some innings , 5.1, at the major leagues because he has MLB experience and he pitched well enough in triple-A while he was there.
Even if one or both return, there is little chance that either will do more than play for their triple-A affiliate again. Unless there was a run of injuries and even then they’ll probably have enough depth to avoid that.