The Yankees picked up two players, righty Brad Meyers and lefty Cesar Cabral, from the Rule 5 Draft last season, but both pitchers ended up spending the entire season on the 60-day DL. That doesn’t mean they get to keep them though. Both are still considered Rule 5 players who need to make the Yankees roster out of spring training next year or be offered back to their original teams.
The Yankees have gotten a jump on that by offering Meyers back to the Nationals. He suffered a shoulder injury so there is little reason to believe he can be effective next year. But they still like Cabral and plan on keeping him, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
Cabral, who missed the entire season after suffering a stress fracture in his left elbow, nearly made the Yankees roster out of spring training. Yankees manager Joe Girardi expressed frustration at the injury when it occurred because they had high hopes after an impressive spring training.
Cabral must make the Yankees roster out of spring training next year or they will have to offer him back to Boston. Unlike a traditional Rule 5 guy though, he doesn’t have to stay on the roster all season. I’m not sure how long he has to stay on the roster, but it is likely 90-days as that would have been the amount of time he would have needed to stay on the roster this year had he returned early from the injury.