When the New York Yankees opened spring training one month ago, it appeared that rookie catcher Austin Romine might have a legitimate chance to make the major league squad. On Monday evening, Romine found out that would not be the case, as he was one of twelve players cut from the Yankees’ major league camp.
Among those optioned with Romine to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre were LHP Francisco Rondon and RHPs Dellin Betances and Brett Marshall. Rondon might be the most notable of these three cuts solely because he was thought to be in play for a roster spot should Boone Logan or Clay Rapada start the regular season on the disabled list.
The Yankees also optioned LHPs Manny Banuelos and Nik Turley, RHP Jose Ramirez and OF Ramon Flores to Double-A Trenton. Ramirez has opened eyes this spring with multiple strong performances, and has placed himself on the map as one of the Yankees’ top pitching prospects entering 2013.
The Yankees also reassigned RHP Chase Whitley, C J.R. Murphy and 1B Luke Murton to minor league camp. Since they are not on the 40-man roster, they cannot be optioned.
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