Ahead of the 8 p.m. Eastern deadline Tuesday, the Yankees announced that they selected the contract of RHP Joe Harvey to the 40-man roster. The 40-man roster now has 39 players.
A 19th-round pick in 2014, Harvey had a stellar 1.66 ERA in 54⅓ innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He had eight saves, and was also credited with 21 games finished. He also pitched in five innings for Double-A Trenton, earning a save in each of his three chances there and allowing just one earned run.
By adding Harvey to the 40-man roster, he will be ineligible for December’s Rule 5 draft. Per MLB.com, “Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $100,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn’t stay on the 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $50,000.” The Rule 5 Draft takes place during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas on Dec. 13.
Harvey has appeared in four games for the Toros del Este of the Dominican Winter League. He has yet to allow a run in 3⅔ innings.