Five games back of the second wild card with 26 games remaining, the New York Yankees (70-66) need all the help they can get—especially after going 3-4 on the most recent road trip. On Labor Day, MLB roster sizes expanded to 40, granting playoff-hunting teams the ability to add reinforcements down the stretch and others the opportunity to run out some of their young talent.
With a day off Monday, the Yankees announced their moves late Tuesday afternoon—eight September call-ups in total—just prior to their series opener with Boston (they lost, 9-4). It was the first of a nine-game, 11-day homestand that kicks off, but very well could portend, their final month of the regular season.
Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman certainly made their intentions clear, creating roster space for five additional pitchers, two speedy outfielders and an extra catcher. Here's a look at those eight names:
- John Ryan Murphy, C
- Chris Young, OF
- Antoan Richardson, OF
- Chase Whitley, RHP
- Preston Claiborne, RHP
- Bryan Mitchell, RHP
- Chaz Roe, RHP
- Rich Hill, LHP
John Ryan Murphy, right-handers Chase Whitely, Preston Claiborne and Bryan Mitchell, and left-hander Rich Hill had previously seen time with the major league club in 2014, while the other three had never worn pinstripes (Young and Roe made their Yankee debuts Tuesday).
Outfielder Antoan Richardson spent the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Outfielder Chris Young was signed to a minor league contract on August 27 after the Mets released him in the middle of the month; and New York acquired Triple-A righty Chaz Roe from the Marlins on Sunday in exchange for cash.
Read on for an in-depth breakdown of these roster additions, with full scouting reports on each player. We'll also keep an eye toward October and consider where this octet could factor in as the Yanks look to keep pace in the wild-card race.