Thanks to the deal that sent Brian Bruney to the Washington Nationals the Yankees have the first pick in the upcoming Rule 5 draft that will take place this Friday (They will tell the Nationals who to select and they will send them to the Bronx as the Player to be Named Later).
According to Steve Henson of Yahoo Sports, the Yankees are interested in taking 22-year-old Marlins right-handed pitcher Arquimedes Caminero. That is unless the Yankees can find a team that is interested in taking that Rule 5 pick off their hands, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.
This is a smart move the Yankees are making as it gives them more options of who they can choose from. If they get an offer for a player that they view as better than Caminero they can take it. If not, they can still choose Caminero and give him a shot to stick in the bullpen.
Making a deal is probably a better option though because the Yankees could get a player they wouldn’t have to keep on the 25-man roster for the entire season as they would with the Rule 5 pick (for those who might not know any player the Yankees take in the Rule 5 draft would have to stay on the active roster all season or be offered back to the original team).