The early offseason roster shuffle continues. Here's what you might have missed yesterday: - Chris Martin has been released and has signed a deal to go pitch for the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith, the deal was for 2 years and $1.7 million. That's more than he would have got here. Props to Martin and best of luck to him over there.
- The Yankees activated their remaining four 60-day DL players yesterday. For the time being, Jacob Lindgren, Mason Williams, Chase Whitley, and Domingo German are all back on the 40-man roster. I believe Lindgren and Williams will be ready in time for Spring Training, and both have good chances to make the Opening Day team next year. Whitley and German should return to full game action sometime in the middle of next season.
- In addition to those moves, the Yankees also added righty Vicente (formerly Jose) Campos back onto the 40-man roster. After missing most of the last few seasons with injuries, Campos returned in 2015 and pitched to a 6.29 ERA in 54.1 MiL innings with 45 strikeouts and 10 walks. Wonder what the Yankees have planned for him this year. Conversion to the bullpen?
- While that move filled the 40-man roster back up to the top, the Yankees did free up one spot yesterday when Andrew Bailey elected free agency over a MiL assignment. Yankees tried to sneak him through waivers, he refused the assignment. The 40-man now stands at 39 and there are 2 weeks and a day until the Rule 5 draft.
- Via Donnie Collins, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders made a few front office changes official this morning, naming Jeremy Ruby the new GM and Josh Olerud the new COO.