The Yankees adjusted their 40-man roster prior to last night’s deadline, resigning six players, and non-tendering three. The players involved–David Huff, Jose Campos, and Slade Heathcott do not come as a surprise to anyone following the situation, and all three are now free agents. All three can sign with whomever they wish, and a return to the Yankees could possibly happen.
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The team was impressed with David Huff, who was reacquired this past season after being dealt away prior to spring training. He could provide left-handed depth, but with the acquisition of Justin Wilson in the Francisco Cervelli trade, along with the development of Jacob Lindgren and the possible free agent signing of Andrew Miller, odds would be long for Huff to crack the big league roster. It would be unlikely that he would accept a minor league assignment with the need for lefty relievers always at a premium.
Campos and Heathcott have been plagued by injuries for quite sometime. Heathcott showed so much promise, and simply could not stay on the field long enough to fulfill it. While the team could certainly use the depth by resigning both to minor league deals, it doesn’t make or break the system if one or both explored other avenues and eventually signed with other teams. Campos was acquired in the infamous Michael Pineda/Jesus Montero deal, and showed flashes of brilliance upon his arrival, but arm issues have stunted his development in the system as well. If the three players return, great, if not, nothing lost on the part of the Yankees.