The Yankees took two players in the Rule 5 Draft that took place early Thursday. They landed left handed pitcher Cesar Cabral from the Red Sox via a trade from the Royals and then took righty Brad Meyers from the Nationals with their own pick.
They had only one open spot on the 40-man roster for both players so to make room they designated outfielder Greg Golson for assignment, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. Golson was a defense first outfielder who was out of options and had to either be put on the major league roster this season or released, they choose to release him.
Neither of the Rule 5 guys has much of a chance to stick with the Yankees this season. If either of them do make it, it’ll probably be the left Cabral who will be 23-years-old shortly. Cabral has put up good numbers in the Red Sox system with a career 3.61 ERA, a 8.6 K/9 and a 2.8 BB/9 in six seasons in the minors.
Meyers is already 26-years-old and has decent numbers, but isn’t a lefty and is going to have a tough time finding space in the Yankees already crowded bullpen. His best chance is if there are a couple of injuries in spring training.
Both pitchers have to stay on the Yankees active 25-man roster all season or be offered back to their original teams. If one of them makes it through the entire year in the majors then they will be Yankees property for good.