On Monday, each team is required to set its 40-man roster in advance of this year’s Rule 5 Draft. This presents the Yankees with a particularly enviable problem. With their farm system bursting at the gills with talent, they have far more players who need protecting than available spots on their 40-man roster.
As of Thursday, the Yankees had just two spots available. The Yankees have already added outfielder Jake Cave and righthander Nick Rumbelow, who had Tommy John surgery early in the season, to prevent them from becoming minor league free agents. Even with those two stashed away, there’s still plenty more whom the Yankees would like to keep away from the other 29 clubs.