According to Ben Goessling, the Yankees will make history in the Rule 5 draft tomorrow. They will will select their own player. Reports say that the Yankees will have the Nationals select Zach Kroenke for them, and then trade him to the Yankees immediately, as the player to be named later in the Brian Bruney trade.
This will only be the second time that a team has selected their own player.
I understand why they did this. At the time that they set their 40-man roster they had no idea that Phil Coke would be traded, and Kroenke has put up good minor league numbers.
I guess the Yankees expected Kroenke to be one of the top picks in the draft, and they value keeping him for sure, over a lottery ticket pick where they are not guaranteed their rights.
However, they could still absolutely take someone else, or even two. They have the room right now.
EDIT: Well clearly this didn’t happen. Either Goessling was basing the post on rumors, he had a bad source, or the Yankees had a change in heart…