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Yankees take two players in Rule 5 Draft

Yankees take two players in Rule 5 Draft

Yankees take two players in Rule 5 Draft
DALLAS -- The Yankees used the final day of the Winter Meetings as an opportunity to cross a couple of items off their shopping list, making two acquisitions in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

New York obtained left-handed reliever Cesar Cabral, sending cash considerations to the Royals after the 22-year-old was selected from the Red Sox with Thursday's fifth pick of the Major League phase.

The Yankees also took right-handed starter Brad Meyers from the Nationals with the 29th pick, and the Yanks had no players selected from their organization.

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the club will look at Cabral as a potential second left-hander behind Boone Logan in its bullpen, and the Bombers want to give Meyers an opportunity to serve as their long reliever in 2012.

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Cabral went 3-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 36 combined relief appearances with Class A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2011, recording 70 strikeouts in 55 innings. Cabral was taken by the Rays in last year's Rule 5 Draft and later returned to Boston.

"We like him a lot," said Cashman, who noted Cabral can hit 94 mph and features a fastball, slider and changeup. "He's got ability and he can get lefties out, so we'll see what we see in the spring."

Meyers, 26, played at three different levels in 2011, going 9-7 with a 3.18 ERA in 25 combined games (24 starts) with Class A Auburn, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.

Originally drafted by the Nationals in the fifth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, the 6-foot-6 Meyers recorded 116 strikeouts in 138 2/3 innings with just 15 walks last season. In 2009, Meyers was named the Nationals' Pitcher of the Year.

Cashman said that Meyers is more of a starting pitcher, but the Yankees need a long man because -- whether he is on the big league roster or not -- Hector Noesi will be returned to regular starting duty.

"Given our circumstances, [Meyers is] going to try to mix into this thing, and [his chance to] make our club will be in that long man spot," Cashman said. "That's currently our vacancy, because I have no intention of Noesi doing that again."

In order to create room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees released outfielder Greg Golson. The 26-year-old has a career batting average of .195 with no home runs and two RBIs in 40 Major League games with the Phillies (2008), Rangers ('09) and Yankees (2010-11).

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.

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