Yesterday was the deadline for teams to reset their 40-man rosters before next month's Rule 5 Draft and as expected, the Yankees were very active in protecting some of their top eligible guys. They added 6 players to the 40-man: Gary Sanchez, Slade Heathcott, Bryan Mitchell, Shane Greene, Jose Campos, and newly acquired Triple-A infielder Dean Anna (more on him later).
The players left unprotected were relievers Tommy Kahnle, Dan Burawa, and Chase Whitley. None of those decisions come as a surprise, although it is a bit of a bummer to not protect a strong Triple-A arm like Whitley. There's a good chance at least 1 or all 3 of those guys get picked next month. Luckily, hard-throwing bullpen arms are a source of major depth in the Yankee system.
There was one roster casualty yesterday, Tsecond baseman Corban Joseph. He was outrighted off the roster and back to Triple-A after clearing waivers. He struggled with a shoulder injury this past season and with Anna now on the 40-man his dwindling prospect status takes another hit.