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Justus Sheffield is the highest ranked prospect that becomes eligible for the Rule 5 draft this year. (Martin Griff)

Yankees Have A Lot of Rule 5 Decisions to Make

At a rough estimate, the Yankees have over 80 players that are eligible for the annual Rule 5 draft in December.  That list includes such highly prized prospects as Justus Sheffield, Chance Adams, Juan De Paula, and more.

That number above also includes players that were eligible for the draft in previous years such as Mike Ford, Jose Mesa Jr., etc.

This will also be the first-time members of the highly touted 2014 international free agent class become eligible.  The one saving grace is that top prospect Estevan Florial is not eligible for the Rule 5 draft until 2019, due to him signing in 2015 and not in 2014 even though he is considered part of the 2014 class.

With all the media coverage about the Yankees need for a starting pitcher, it is not surprising to see a few of these prospect names comes up as options for the rotation or trades for a pitcher.  While the majority of the Rule 5 eligible players are at the Class-A and Rookie ball levels, there are still plenty in the upper-levels of the minors that could bring back some international free agent budget space or a high-upside lower level prospect.

That said, like in the past couple of years the Rule 5 crunch could find some players that are currently on the 40-man roster traded to open space.  Players like Domingo Acevedo, Thairo Estrada, Billy McKinney, Brand Drury, or Clint Frazier could find themselves traded a long with others for an arm.

The big names, the Justus Sheffield’s or Chance Adams, that are eligible this year will almost certainly be added to the 40-man in November, but who else is available for the draft that could bring back something of value for the Yankees?

Dillon Tate could fetch a handsome return if he were to be traded, if you package him with several of the players currently on the 40-man roster, you could find yourself with a quality MLB starting pitcher that can plug a hole in the rotation.

Tate has a 4-2 record with a 3.27 ERA in 13 games this season for the Trenton Thunder, striking out 65 in 71 2/3 innings pitched.

Could a package of Tate, Frazier, Drury, and Acevedo be enough to entice the Mets to trade one of Jacob DeGrom or Noah Syndergaard? Who knows? Anyone saying it would be just speculating just like I am.  I would not guess what it would take to get one of them.

The Yankees certainly have enough Rule 5 eligible prospects that they can ship to the Mets if the number of players was the thing they want.

The most significant prospect available, after the three mentioned above, will be Dermis Garcia.  Garcia is a power-hitting corner infielder that has seen time split between first base and third base throughout his four years in the minors.  Last season was a breakout year for him, hitting 17 home runs in 63 games between the Rookie-Advance Pulaski Yankees and the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs and hit a combined .249/.357/.518 in 225 at-bats.

There are plenty of intriguing bullpen arms in this year’s Rule 5 draft, including Cody Carroll, James Reeves, Caleb Frare, J.P. Feyereisen, Joe Harvey, and Stephen Tarpley.

On the position player side, Kyle Holder, one of the Yankees 2015 first-round draft picks will become available in the Rule 5.  The Yankees could protect him on the 40-man roster or opt to hide him on the Triple-A roster to avoid him being selected but I believer he is an option to be traded.  He is buried behind many others in the Yankees organization, and it would undoubtedly be in his best interests to be traded.

Erik Swanson, the 24-year-old starter who dominated Double-A earlier this season, has been struggling a bit in Triple-A and is among those who become eligible for the Rule 5 draft this year.  Could he find himself added to a package for a major league starter or traded for addition budget room for this year’s International free agent class?  Who knows.

One thing is sure is that the Yankees have plenty of players that can be selected.  The reality is maybe at most 6-10 will be chosen in either the major league or minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft.  There may be a few more traded as part of a package for a starter or international cash.

To view the complete list of players eligible scroll down.

2018 Rule 5 Eligible Players

PlayerPositionAcquiredSigning DateFree Agent YrMLB 40-ManETA
Jeff HendrixOutfielderDRAFT6/16/20152022NO2022
David SosebeeRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/14/20152022NO2022
Billy FlemingSecond BasemanFREE AGENT7/23/20142021NO2022
Kyle HolderShortstopDraft6/11/20152022No2021
Jason LopezCatcherFree Agent7/2/20142021No2021
Nelson GomezThird BasemanFree Agent7/2/20142021No2022
Danienger PerezSecond BasemanFree Agent7/2/20142021No2022
Daniel AlvarezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent3/14/20142020No2020
Andy DiazOutfielderFree Agent1/27/20142020No2021
Welfrin MateoThird BasemanFree Agent10/12/20132020No2021
Griffin GarabitoThird BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No2022
Carlos TatisFirst BasemanFree Agent02/17/20142021No2021
Miguel FlamesFirst BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No2022
Adonny RojasRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent7/2/20152022No2025
Alex VargasRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20142021No2021
Christian MorrisRight-Handed PitcherDraft07/07/20152022No2022
Garrett MundellRight-Handed PitcherDraft06/13/20152022No2022
Brandon WagnerFirst BasemanDraft06/12/20152022No2023
Carlos VidalOutfielderFree Agent05/05/20142020No2020
Ricardo FerreiraOutfielderFree Agent01/27/20142020No2021
Spencer MahoneyRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent11/16/20152022No2022
Alex RobinettRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/11/20152022No2028
Pedro EspinolaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent07/02/20152022No2022
Reiver SanmartinLeft-Handed PitcherTrade - 11/20/201707/02/20152022No2021
Hobie HarrisRight-Handed PitcherDraft06/12/20152022No2022
Alexander RosarioRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent2/12/20152021No2021
Rafael LaraRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT3/5/20152021NO2021
Kenlly MontasRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT4/17/20152021NO2021
Gilmael TroyaRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO2021
Juan De LeonOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO2021
Frederick CuevasOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO2022
Raymundo MorenoOutfielderFREE AGENT7/2/20142021NO2022
Nelson AlvarezFirst BasemanFree Agent03/16/20152021No2022
Jairo GarciaRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT-2020NO2020
Trey AmburgeyOutfielderDraft6/13/20152022No2021
Dermis GarciaThird BasemanFree Agent07/02/20142021No2021
Andrew SchwaabRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent6/16/20152022No2023
Will CarterRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/12/20152022NO2022
Wilkerman GarciaShortstopFree Agent7/2/20142021No2021
Donny SandsCatcherDraft6/12/20152022No2021
Jhalan JacksonOutfielderDRAFT6/9/20152022-2022
Zack ZehnerOutfielderDRAFT6/16/20152022NO2020
Hoy Jun ParkShortstopFree Agent7/2/20142021No2022
Pablo OlivaresOutfielderFree Agent07/02/20142021No2021
Brody KoernerRight-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/13/20152022NO2020
Daniel RamosRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent10/26/20132019No2020
James ReevesLeft-Handed PitcherDRAFT6/13/20152022NO2020
Diego CastilloShortstopFree Agent07/02/20142021No2022

2017 Rule 5 Eligible Players

#PlayerPositionAcquiredSigning DateFree Agent YrMLB 40-ManETA
Mike FordFirst BasemanFree Agent7/17/20132020No2019
DLDevyn BolaskyOutfielderDRAFT6/15/20142021NO2022
Justin KamplainLeft-Handed PitcherDraft6/17/20142021No2022
Adonis RosaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent12/19/20132020No2021
Austin DeCarrRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/13/20142021No2021
Leonardo MolinaOutfielderFree Agent8/1/20132020No2020
Anderson SeverinoLeft-Handed PitcherFree Agent06/01/20132019No2022
Jerry SeitzCatcherFree Agent5/16/20132019No2022
Eduardo NavasCatcherFree Agent07/20/20132020No2021
Abel DuarteRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent10/14/20132020No2021
Yoiber MarquinaRight-Handed PitcherTRADE-5/5/20177/2/20122020NO2020
Bringnel MendezRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT6/15/20142020NO2020
Anyelo GomezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent11/20/20122019No2020
19Gosuke KatohThird BasemanDraft6/19/20132020No2022
30Jordan FoleyRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/12/20142021No2021
34Chris GittensFirst BasemanDraft6/24/20142021No2021
35Erik SwansonRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/1/20166/13/20142021No2021
47Jose Mesa Jr.Right-Handed PitcherDraft7/3/20132020No-
49Ryan McBroomFirst Baseman, Outfielder, Right fieldTRADE FROM TOR-7/23/20177/11/20142021NO2020
51Joe HarveyRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/11/20142021No2022
62Mark PaytonOutfielderDraft6/23/20142021No2019
64J.P. FeyereisenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 7/31/20166/9/20142021No2018
72Junor SotoOutfielderRule 5 Draft - 12/14/20177/2/20132020No2020
72Nick GreenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/1/201606/13/20142021No2020

2017 Rule 5 Eligible Players

#PlayerPositionAcquiredSigning DateFree Agent YrMLB 40-ManETA
Mike FordFirst BasemanFree Agent7/17/20132020No2019
DLDevyn BolaskyOutfielderDRAFT6/15/20142021NO2022
Justin KamplainLeft-Handed PitcherDraft6/17/20142021No2022
Adonis RosaRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent12/19/20132020No2021
Austin DeCarrRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/13/20142021No2021
Leonardo MolinaOutfielderFree Agent8/1/20132020No2020
Anderson SeverinoLeft-Handed PitcherFree Agent06/01/20132019No2022
Jerry SeitzCatcherFree Agent5/16/20132019No2022
Eduardo NavasCatcherFree Agent07/20/20132020No2021
Abel DuarteRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent10/14/20132020No2021
Yoiber MarquinaRight-Handed PitcherTRADE-5/5/20177/2/20122020NO2020
Bringnel MendezRight-Handed PitcherFREE AGENT6/15/20142020NO2020
Anyelo GomezRight-Handed PitcherFree Agent11/20/20122019No2020
19Gosuke KatohThird BasemanDraft6/19/20132020No2022
30Jordan FoleyRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/12/20142021No2021
34Chris GittensFirst BasemanDraft6/24/20142021No2021
35Erik SwansonRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/1/20166/13/20142021No2021
47Jose Mesa Jr.Right-Handed PitcherDraft7/3/20132020No-
49Ryan McBroomFirst Baseman, Outfielder, Right fieldTRADE FROM TOR-7/23/20177/11/20142021NO2020
51Joe HarveyRight-Handed PitcherDraft6/11/20142021No2022
62Mark PaytonOutfielderDraft6/23/20142021No2019
64J.P. FeyereisenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 7/31/20166/9/20142021No2018
72Junor SotoOutfielderRule 5 Draft - 12/14/20177/2/20132020No2020
72Nick GreenRight-Handed PitcherTrade - 8/1/201606/13/20142021No2020