To make room on the 40-man roster for Jones, they had to designate RHP Brian Schlitter for assignment. It didn’t take long for the Phillies to claim Schlitter so the Yankees lost a player in adding Jones.
Schlitter, 25, was in the Phillies organization until 2008 when they traded him to the Cubs. In four seasons in the minors he had a 3.32 ERA over 190 innings.
Schlitter probably wouldn’t have pitched much in the Bronx unless he was really impressive in the minors or there was a string of injuries of guys who are higher than him on the depth chart. Considering the Yankees have two Rule 5 draft players, Daniel Turpen and Robert Fish, that they are likely going to lose anyway and could have released instead of Schlitter makes it seem like he wasn’t a big part of their plans anyway.