A look at the deductions from the Yankees 40-man roster

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The Yankees made very minor changes to the Yankees 40-man roster today by releasing Mike Zagurski, making him a free agent, but the Yankees 40-man roster could have more open slots by the time the World Series is over. Lohud Yankees took a look at the different players and where they stand as they come off the 40-man roster. I’ll go a little further and say which players the Yankees obviously need to make a run for and which players to just let get go. (For this article we’re not going to count Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte since they are retired players. However, Rivera and Pettitte are two names coming off the 40-man).

Expiring Contracts:

Robinson Cano, Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain, Curtis Granderson, Phil Hughes, Lyle Overbay, Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner, Mark Reynolds, Brendan Ryan, Hiroki Kuroda

Who To Keep: Cano, Reynolds, Kuroda, Logan, Granderson, Ryan

Who to Toss: Chamberlain, Hughes, Youkilis, Hafner, Overbay

Why To Stay: Robinson Cano is one of those players that you need to sign so your team doesn’t sink like the Titanic, but of course you don’t give Cano whatever he wants (hint, hint: No $300 Million, 10-years). Mark Reynolds is an obvious choice because he’s a cheap power bat, something you’re not going to find lying around in this year’s free agent market. Although Hiroki Kuroda faltered his final month of the season, he was still a great asset to the Yankees starting rotation. Just, the Yankees should consider giving him less innings. Boone Logan was good lefty in the pen for the Yankees, he just had an injury that got in his way the final month of the season. He’s pitched well in a Yankees uniform, having ERA’s under 4 each year since his arrival. In Curtis Granderson’s case, I would make him a qualifying offer and hope he takes it, just so he can rebuild his trade value in 2014 due to the injuries. I’m aware Brendan Ryan can’t hit, but he really knows how to play shortstop. Signing Ryan gives the Yankees a chance to rest an aging Derek Jeter  more often in 2014 and use Eduardo Nunez as trade bait.

Why to Toss: Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes really need no reason as to why they need to leave. They haven’t been effective for the Yankees this season–at all. Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner continued to get hurt throughout the season (and Hafner can’t field, which makes his use very, very limited). Lyle Overbay would be a reluctant goodbye. He was great for the Yankees in 2013, but Mark Teixeira is returning next season, so there’s not really a place for him.

Non-Tender Candidates

Francisco Cervelli, David Huff, Chris Stewart, Jayson Nix

Who to Keep: Huff, Cervelli, Nix

Who to Toss: Stewart

Why to Keep: David Huff is very good out of the bullpen, I mean very good. He has issues as a starter but if you put him as a long relief, he’s pretty much shutdown. Cervelli is needed back because the Yankees need (at the least) a back-up catcher. Jayson Nix provides infield depth, but he’s a player that can’t be used every single day because he will wear and tear.

Why to Toss: Chris Stewart can’t hit and he lets too many passed balls go. He’s the type of player that you say, “We let Russell Martin go to Pittsburgh for this?”


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10 Responses to A look at the deductions from the Yankees 40-man roster

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Take it a step further. Whom to trade:
    Nunez of course, can't believe we let him be the sticking point on a trade for Clif Lee.
    Wells. Some team will bite, he's cheap after all and makes a decent 4th OF. But he looked done after April.
    Suzuki. A complete zero offensively, another 4th OF type.
    But here's another hint to the Yankee FO, bringing back Teixeira and Jeter will not make this a better team. So more than just thinking about whom to subtract, let's start thinking about whom to add. They're gonna need help at C, SP, 2B (he'll take top dollar and leave), and the farm system bites. Should be a very active off season.

  2. Kevin S says:

    Pretty much agree with all but Logan has been just OK–stats are good but gives up big hits (I.e.Red Sox & grand slam)
    Unlikely Grandyman is back–someone will offer him 3 years

  3. @Jim_Catfish says:

    I suggest keeping Overbay around. Teixeira is just an accident waiting to happen. IMO.

  4. Vin Giordano says:

    seriously who will get the most productive hits when it counts most TEXIERA OR OVERBAY……TEXIERA IS A GARBAGE TIME HITTER..HE HASNT HAD A MEMORABLE HIT SINCE HE WAS WITH THE BRAVES………lose him and his 30 HR ..130 SO PER YEAR AND 25 DP's he will hit into…..he cant run and his gold glove may better serve the rangers….send him home

    • mlblogsnewyorkyankees13 says:

      Even if the Yankees wanted to get rid of Teixeira, they can't. He has a no-trade clause and can't get traded unless he says he wants to leave.

  5. olie says:

    If the Yankees are serious about Jeter playing short next year they will need Tex at 1st.

  6. C Cory says:

    Can't agree with you guys on a few things: 1) Nunez is a solid player they will need next year to play 3rd if they don't sign someone reliable to replace A-Rod during his year-long suspension, and whom they will need to play SS in 2015 after Jeter retires; 2) Boone Logan has been outstanding and makes a good insurance policy at closer if Robertson struggles next year; and 3) Wells and Suzuki are a better for in NY than just about anywhere.

    • Tanned Tom says:

      "Nunez is a solid player" stop it you're killing me! I couldn't read the rest, i was laughing so hard my eyes were watering.

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