This week, we have seen the New York Yankees desperately attempting to clear 40-man roster space to allow them to protect some of the players who are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. With less than an hour to go before the deadline, the Yankees announced one final trade with the Miami Marlins. They sent first baseman Garrett Cooper and left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith to Miami in exchange for right-handed pitcher Michael King and $250,000 of 2017-2018 international bonus money.

Cooper quietly had a very productive rookie year in the Bronx following a trade from the Brewers in exchange for left-handed reliever Tyler Webb. Over 45 plate appearances, Cooper hit .326/.333/.488 while posting decent results in the field. Cooper will maintain his rookie eligibility going into 2018.

Smith had been selected by the Chicago Cubs from the Yankees in the 2016 Rule 5 Draft, however was returned in April. Upon his return to Yankees’ system, Smith posted a very solid 2.41 ERA over 100.2 innings pitched, mainly as a starter, which earned Smith his first legitimate call-up from the minors, during which he scuffled.