The Yankees signed a bunch of lefty relievers that nobody had ever heard of and brought them to spring training this year just to see if one of them could emerge as a possible bullpen candidate. Well, two have – Cesar Cabral and Clay Rapada have pitched well enough that they have forced a tough decision on manager Joe Girardi.
“That’s one of the real tough decisions, what we are going to do in that situation,” Girardi told George King of the NY Post about considering a second lefty. “There is a decent chance that our minds have changed and we will take a second lefty.”
Making Girardi’s decision even more difficult is the fact that which ever reliever he doesn’t carry on the 25-man roster will likely leave the organization. Rapada has an opt-out clause in his contract if he isn’t on the major league roster to start the season and Cabral is a Rule 5 guy who must be offered back to his original team, in this case the Red Sox, if he is not kept on the Yankees 25-man roster all season long.