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Yankees free up 40-man roster spot in three-pitcher trade

Facing some difficult decisions with who to keep on the 40-man roster, the Yankees traded right-hander Nick Rumbelow to the Mariners in exchange for a pair of minor-league pitchers.

The Yankees would have had to protect Rumbelow on the roster, which would have left them with just two open spots on the 40-man that must be set Monday.

And because of the depth in the organization, bolstered by prospects like Gleyber Torres and right-hander Albert Abreu, the Yankees face losing some young players.

Shipping Rumbelow to Seattle opens up a spot. The 26-year-old appeared in 17 games for the Yankees in 2015 and underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016.

In exchange for Rumbelow, the Yankees acquired lefty JP Sears and right-hander Juan Then.

The 21-year-old Sears was drafted this year in the 11th round from The Citadel and pitched well in relief in Class-A. In 17 appearances, Sears gave up just two earned runs in 27 2/3 innings, striking out 51.

Then, 17, made 13 starts in the Dominican Summer League for the Mariners this year.

Source: https://nypost.com/2017/11/18/yankees-free-up-40-man-roster-spot-in-three-pitcher-trade/

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