The Yankees sent Kanekoa Teixeira, J.B. Cox, and George Kontos to their minor league camp today, and exercised their option on Andrew Brackman by sending him to Single-A Charleston. This is the first round of many cuts that the Yankees will make this spring. You’d like to see Cox, Teixeira, and Kontos stick around for longer, but they are so far down the depth charts at their respective positions that I’m sure the Yankees decided that they needed to trade a few more looks at them for more playing time in order to further their development.
If Andrew Brackman does indeed start the year for Charleston (sometimes roster issues cause players to be temporarily optioned to different minor league teams), then the Yankees may have less confidence in the advancement of his abilities than previously thought. He’ll be rather old for a prospect in low-A, but will have more leeway to learn the art of pitching down there. The Yankees, rightly, probably decided that getting Brackman healthy innings was more important than challenging opponents.
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