The Yankees roster seems set for the most part. While other teams are worried about who their starting shortstop is and still don’t even know who their fourth starter is let alone their fifth, the Yankees really just have to decide on whom they are going to take as the second lefty out of the pen.
The choice is down to Clay Rapada, the 31-year-old veteran, or Cesar Cabral, the 23-year-old Rule 5 pick. Both pitchers have thrown well this spring, but unfortunately the Yankees can’t keep them both. Rapada would likely opt-out of his contract rather than go to the minors and Cabral would be lost if he isn’t on the active 25-man roster all season.
Here is what they said to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com about their chances:
RAPADA’S REACTION: “We’ve both been throwing the ball well,” Rapada said. “It’s probably going to just come down to this last week. I feel like I’ve put myself in a pretty good position to have my name in the mix.”
“For a guy like me, it’s a plus having a sturdy rotation — guys that can eat up six, seven, eight innings, where I can be utilized in a lefty role. That was one of the big things, picking through teams. I needed to go to an organization where I fit better, as far as my role.”
CABRAL’S REACTION: “I’m excited right now because I’ve got a chance,” Cabral said. “I did a good job and now I’m hoping something will happen. … I’m not nervous, because I know I did my job. I have to wait for what happens with me.”