Two of the Yankees' projected needs have already been filled by general manager Brian Cashman's early winter movement, with the club reaching multiyear agreements with free-agent catcher Brian McCann and infielder Brendan Ryan.
McCann's deal -- a five-year, $85 million pact that includes a vesting option for a sixth season as well as a no-trade clause -- is pending the completion of a physical and could be officially announced with a news conference as soon as this week.
That move displaced Chris Stewart, who was dealt to the Pirates on Monday morning in exchange for a player to be named.
Stewart played in 109 games and made 97 starts behind the plate for New York in 2013, batting .211 with four homers and 25 RBIs. Stewart will turn 32 in February, and MLB Trade Rumors projected that he would earn about $1 million if his case went to arbitration.
Ryan, who turns 32 in March, agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with a mutual option for the 2016 season. That pushed out the versatile Nix, a favorite of Yankees manager Joe Girardi who played in a combined 87 games at third base and shortstop for the club this past season.
The non-tenders of Adams and Daley further trim room on the 40-man roster. Adams played sparingly as one of the Yankees' many third basemen in 2013, while Daley offered the club an extra relief arm late in the season.
The Yankees' other arbitration-eligible players are outfielder Brett Gardner and right-handers David Robertson, Ivan Nova and Shawn Kelley.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.