Roster Moves: Yankees sign RHP Johnny Barbato, RHP Rookie Davis and OF Ben Gamel to Major League contracts, select them to the 40-man roster
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) November 20, 2015
Guess the Yankees weren’t worried about leaving any roster spots open for free agent signings after all. As the team announced, they added 3 players to their 40-man roster today to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft: Double-A right-hander Rookie Davis, Triple-A righty reliever Johnny Barbato, and lefty-hitting Triple-A outfielder Ben Gamel. With the earlier move by the Rays to claim Chase Whitley off waivers clearing an extra spot, the 40-man roster is now full.
I’m actually a bit surprised. I though the depth at their positions would be Barbato and Gamel’s undoing and instead it seems to be the reason they were kept over guys like Jake Cave and Chaz Hebert. This tells me the Yankees are definitely planning to dip into that depth on the trade market. …