Expect the Yankees to do something that they have done only twice since 1995: select a player in the Rule 5 Draft.
The Yankees own two first round picks: the 1st overall, which they acquired from the Nationals in exchange for Brian Bruney, and the 30th. There may be up to three rounds.
When it comes to the Rule 5 Draft, pitchers are most often chosen. Especially relievers. As I previous stated, even before the Yankees traded Phil Coke, the Yankees pen is a weakness at this moment.
One person the Yankees are said to be going after, assuming they do not trade the pick, is Arquimedes Caminero, as Rob previously posted
Chad Jennings said that despite the supposedly weak player pool, a scout mentioned that Brian Jeroloman might be a good option. Jennings himself mentions Chad Tracy and Matt McBride.
I’d be lying if I said I knew much about these guys, and frankly, with the hundreds of players possible, it’s a lottery ticket basically. But do not be surprised to see the Yankees, especially with their 40-man roster spots, to even take 2 players.