Yankees Add Betances, Laird, and Pope to 40-Man, Add Jackson

Tomorrow is the last day to add players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft so the Yankees have added RHP Dellin Betances, 3B/OF Brandon Laird, and RHP Ryan Pope to the roster.

They also sent cash to the Braves in exchange for outfielder Cody Johnson.

That leaves a few players unprotected that could get drafted in December’s Rule 5 draft including RHP’s George Kontos, Lance Pendleton, Grant Duff, and Craig Heyer. Obviously there are others who could get drafted, but those are probably the four most likely of the Yankees prospects to get drafted.

Johnson, 22, is a former first round draft pick that has a fair amount of power but his favorite thing to do is strike out. The Yankees probably only got him to plug some holes in the outfield in their minor leagues. He’s certainly not close to being called up any time soon.

Here is what the Braves blog Talking Chop had to say about him today:

Johnson has prodigious power, but he hasn’t gotten it through his head that he has to make contact for that power to count. Coaches at every level have tried to get him to refine his all-or-nothing approach to the plate, but time after time he refused to listen. This “release” has as much to do with Johnson’s sour attitude as it does with his poor performance.

Read our prospect profile of Betances here. As for Laird and Pope, one could be a possible bench piece this season and another could be a member of the bullpen at some point this season. I’ll have profiles for them as well at some point soon.

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