Mason Williams will not be attending Spring Training with the big club this season (Image: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees Links 2/1: Spring Training Invitees, Hafner, & More

Happy February everybody! We are a month closer to April and I can’t tell you how excited we are for that. The New York Yankees recently revealed their Spring Training Invitees list with some surprises. Meanwhile, the Yankees are closing in on inking a former Indians slugger to a one-year deal.

Spring Training is right around the corner and the Yankees released their Spring Training Invitees list. Our friends over at River Avenue Blues broke it down better by position:

Francisco Arcia
Kyle Higashioka
J.R. Murphy
Gary Sanchez

Greg Bird
Cito Culver
Walt Ibarra
Addison Maruszak
Luke Murton
Jayson Nix
Jose Pirela
Kyle Roller

Abe Almonte
Tyler Austin
Adonis Garcia
Slade Heathcott
Ronnie Mustelier
Rob Segedin

Right-handed Pitchers
Corey Black
Preston Claiborne
Matt Daley
Shane Greene
Nick Goody
David Herndon
Tommy Kahnle
Jim Miller
Bryan Mitchell
Mark Montgomery
Zach Nuding
Mikey O’Brien
Kelvin Perez
Branden Pinder
Ryan Pope
Chase Whitley

Left-handed Pitchers
Juan Cedeno
Vidal Nuno
Josh Spence
Matt Tracy

Basically everyone on the 40-man roster gets an automatic invite to Spring Training, but there’s one notable absence. The Yankees top prospect, Mason Williams, isn’t on the list. As Mike Axisa alluded to in his article, it could very be that Williams is still recovering from shoulder surgery. Nonetheless, I’m very excited to see what Slade Heathcott can do, not that he’s going to make it with the club out of camp, but he’s always been one player I’m always excited to watch play.

In other news, the Yankees and Travis Hafner are nearing a one-year pact that will likely pay him around $1.1 million, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News. Our own Benjamin Orr first brought up the idea of the Yankees pursuing Hafner and then Matt Hunter broke it down on how the Yankees could benefit from signing him. The deal will likely be finalized today as a physical will be administered and language will be put into the contract concerning his past injuries.

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