The Yankees have made a bunch of moves official today including the signings of Luis Ayala, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Warner Madrigal, Ronnie Belliard, and Eric Chavez. All of the above players are on non-guaranteed minor league contracts and have been invited to spring training.
They have also announced that LHP Manuel Banuelos, OF Daniel Brewer, C Jose Gil, C Kyle Higashioka, OF Austin Krum, RHP D.J. Mitchell, C Jesus Montero, OF Jordan Parraz, RHP David Phelps, C Austin Romine, 3B Bradley Suttle, 1B Jorge Vazquez, RHP Adam Warren, and RHP Eric Wordekemper will be joining the Yankees in the major league camp as non-roster invitees.
Most of these players will be cut from the team, but they are necessary in camp for split squad games and because the regulars don’t play entire games early in spring. Little by little the Yankees will whittle this number down.
If I had to guess I would say that only Colon, Garcia, Belliard, and Chavez have much of a chance to make the team out of spring training. Montero is obviously the big wild card here, but it’s likely that he’ll start the season in Triple-A with Russell Martin on board as the starting catcher.
Not sure why Mark Prior is not on this list, but he is a non-roster invitee as well.
Update: Here are the rest of the players invited to spring training that are not on the 40-man roster: RHP Brian Anderson, RHP Buddy Carlyle, LHP Neal Cotts, LHP Andrew Sisco, C Austin Romine, C Gustavo Molina, and SS Doug Bernier. In total there will be 67 players in the major league camp to start spring training.