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Yankees trade Tyler Wade to the Angels

It only took a few days for Tyler Wade to find a new home. The Yankees designated Wade for assignment on Friday as part of the team’s 40-man roster cleanup and Rule 5 protection transactions, and now, he’s headed west. Wade is from California, so this deal to the Angels is a homecoming of sorts. His hometown is about an hour drive away from the team’s ballpark.

Wade, who turns 27 tomorrow, is first time arbitration eligible and has a projected $700,000 salary in 2022. He’ll likely serve in a utility role with the Angels, similar to his time in New York.

The Rule 5 Protection Deadline

The deadline for protection came and went and with most of Yankees Twitter expecting a big trade, the Bombers did the opposite and got their much-needed roster spots cleared via small moves. In summary:

The Added Players

The first reportedly added player was the most obvious. High minors breakout middle infielder Oswaldo Carera, who could be an option for the MLB team backup infield position next season.

The next reported player was outfielder Everson Pereira, who survives yet another deadline after rumors of him going the Trade Deadline for Joey Gallo. He’s quite some time away from the MLB team, but he has some prospect status (ranked 13 in the system by MLB pipeline) and the Yankees probably don’t want another Luis Torrens case.

Then came the big announcement where the team confirmed the addition of right-handed pitchers Stephen Ridings & Ron Marinaccio along with the lefty J.P. Sears. Remember you can check out the profiles for all of these players in our previous Rule-5 post by Derek.

So who did they cut from their previously full 40-Man roster? well…

The Cuts

Yeah, no it wasn’t Matt Olson but the Yankees did do a small trade with the Phillies first:

Clearing who I thought would be the 3rd Catcher next Season Donny Sands along with Nick Nelson. They traded them for two low-minors prospects in lefty-hitting 21-year-old 1B T.J. Rumfield who slashed .250/.426/.263 (Yikes that SLG) over at Class A this past season, and the also 21-year-old lefty Joel Valdéz who pitched in the DSL this past season. As expected, neither of them was ranked in the Phillies top-30 prospects. This is not about getting some huge guy for the future, just about clearing spots.

Then came the bomb with the cuts:

It seems Randy finally got through to Cashman as the now-former Yankees UTIl Tyler Wade was designated for assignment. Along with Clint Frazier and Rougned Odor as well. The last two are not terribly surprising, but it is interesting to see Chris Gittens and Miguel Andújar make the cut before them.

This looks like sadly the end of Frazier’s time with the Yanks, we hope nothing but the best for him first in terms of health and secondly in terms of his Baseball career. As for Rougned I personally thought they might have kept him because of him being a decent BU-INF option and how cheap he is (Texas is paying his contract) but it wasn’t to be.

For all the out-going players we wish you the best in your future.

Yankees re-sign Joely Rodríguez

While you may have been getting ready for bed, the Yankees announced the team’s first free agent signing of the offseason. The team brought back lefty reliever Joely Rodríguez just a few days after declining his $3 million option for the 2022 season. The deal is reportedly worth $2 million. Note that the $500,000 buyout was the Rangers’ responsibility.

Yankees add Donny Sands to 40-man roster; decline Joely Rodríguez’s option

A relatively busy week for the Yankees culminated in a couple of more moves earlier today. The team added catcher Donny Sands to the 40-man roster and declined southpaw Joely Rodríguez’s option for the 2022 season. The 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Yankees clean up 40-man roster ahead of 60-day IL activation

The Yankees have to activate a number of players from the 60-day injured list this weekend, and to do so, they had to make room on the 40-man roster beforehand. The team got a head start with Brett Gardner and Darren O’Day yesterday, and this afternoon, a few more moves were made official:

Once the Yankees activate Zack Britton, Luke Voit, Miguel Andújar, Clint Frazier, and Aaron Hicks from the 60-day IL, the 40-man roster will stand at 39 players. That number could decrease to 38 if the club declines Joely Rodríguez’s contract option. That will be resolved by Sunday.

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