Before any blockbuster signings or trades are made, roster housekeeping must be taken care of, and it all begins on Tuesday with the Rule 5 Reserve Deadline. This time around, thankfully, the New York Yankees don't have too many tough decisions to make.
But they have to go through the motions as the rest of the teams get their situations sorted out. Teams that want to clear 40-man space are likely to make trades on Tuesday, which could actually help the Yanks. How about a deal for Dodgers top prospect Michael Busch?
If not, then there will be plenty of other opportunities. Tuesday's deadline will be the first domino to fall with plenty of important checkpoints to note for the remainder of the offseason.
Key MLB offseason dates
- Nov. 14: Players who were presented the qualifying offer must accept or reject the one-year deal by 4 p.m. ET.
- Nov. 14: Rule 5 Reserve Deadline -- teams must decide which players they want to place on the 40-man roster to protect from the Rule 5 Draft.
- Nov. 17: Teams must opt to tender a contract to arbitration-eligible players. They can also non-tender them, which rids the team of the financial commitment and allows the player to hit free agency. This is the non-tender deadline.
- Dec. 6: Rule 5 Draft will take place at the Winter Meetings
- Jan. 12: Teams and players must present salary figures to each other by this date. They can agree on a number anytime before Jan. 29 in order to avoid arbitration hearings.
- Jan. 29 - Feb. 6: Arbitration hearings take place between teams and players who haven't reached a salary agreement.
Which Yankees are eligible for arbitration?
Here's the list of players and the salary projections, per MLBTradeRumors.com:
- Gleyber Torres: $15.3 million
- Clay Holmes: $6 million
- Lou Trivino: $4.1 million
- Nestor Cortes: $3.9 million
- Jose Trevino: $2.7 million
- Michael King: $2.6 million
- Clarke Schmidt: $2.6 million
- Jonathan Loaisiga: $2.5 million
- Kyle Higashioka: $2.3 million
- Jake Bauers: $1.7 million
- Albert Abreu: $900K
When is the non-tender deadline?
As mentioned above, it's Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. ET. We're just hoping Randy Levine doesn't berate one of the Yankees' arbitration-eligible players in a room because they filed for too big of a salary.
Which Yankees have been non-tendered?
Nobody yet, but the Yankees already outright released a number arbitration-eligible players in Domingo Germán ($4.4 million), Franchy Cordero ($1.6 million), Billy McKinney ($1.2 million), Matt Bowman ($1 million), Ryan Weber ($900K) and Jimmy Cordero ($900K).
There's a good chance we see a couple of non-tenders and/or trades before the Nov. 17 deadline, with some action coming Nov. 14 ahead of the mandated Rule 5 protections. Our guesses? Kyle Higashioka, Jonathan Loaisiga, Jake Bauers and Lou Trivino get non-tendered, while Gleyber Torres and one of Michael King and Clarke Schmidt get traded.
Rule 5 Draft Protection/40-Man Roster Moves
All of these players are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft his offseason, and the Yankees have limited 40-man space to protect them. Per The Athletic (subscription required), it's believed only Clayton Beeter will be added to the roster, while the rest will be at risk of being selected by another team.
- Carlos Narvaez (C) - Already on 40-man
- Andres Chaparro (INF/DH) - Released, Minor-League Free Agent
- Josh Breaux (C)
- Agustin Ramirez (C)
- Anthony Seigler (C)
- Antonio Gomez (C)
- Alexander Vargas (2B/SS)
- Jared Serna (INF)
- Elijah Dunham (OF)
- Brandon Lockridge (OF)
- Clayton Beeter (P)
- Mitch Spence (P)
- Matt Sauer (P)
- Edgar Barclay (P)
And now, we wait. Be on the lookout for plentiful updates over the next few days.