Bader, Donaldson and Spencer Howard: Yankees drop veterans, embrace prospects in roster shake-up

Yankees part ways with Spencer Howard.
Amanda Paula
Wednesday August 30, 2023

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On the day following the release of Josh Donaldson as a free agent and the placement of Harrison Bader on waivers, the New York Yankees took another significant step by releasing right-handed pitcher Spencer Howard. Acquired from the Rangers merely a month ago in exchange for cash considerations, Howard’s departure marks a swift exit for one of the players brought in by the Yankees during the recent trade deadline.

This unexpected decision came as a surprise on Wednesday, as the organization parted ways with a promising talent they had recently added to their roster.

Yankees bid farewell to Spencer Howard

In a surprising move this Wednesday, the Yankees bid farewell to right-handed pitcher Spencer Howard, whom they had acquired just last month from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. This unexpected decision comes as a swift departure for Howard, who was one of the two players brought into the Yankees organization during the trade deadline.

It was revealed by Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman that Howard’s fate with the Rangers was hanging by a thread before the Yankees swooped in with the trade. The Rangers were on the brink of designating Howard for assignment. Recognizing an opportunity, the Yankees took a calculated gamble on the 27-year-old pitcher, considering it a low-risk investment.

Prior to his release, Howard had found himself on the injured list at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. His performance had been less than stellar, surrendering five earned runs across a mere 2 ⅔ innings spanning three appearances for the RailRiders. Despite his potential as a former Top-100 prospect, his struggles and health issues couldn’t secure him a longer stay within the Yankees’ organization.

The reasons behind

Yankees' top prospect Jasson Dominguez
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The consequences of Howard’s departure extend beyond just a lineup change. His release effectively opens up an additional slot on the Yankees’ 40-man roster. This development carries considerable significance, especially with the approaching expansion of active rosters to 28 players scheduled for Friday. This extra room on the roster provides the Yankees with greater flexibility as they navigate the final month of the season.

Looking ahead, the Yankees are also considering potential call-ups for the upcoming September games. Prospect Austin Wells, a promising catcher, is reportedly on the radar for a potential promotion. However, as per the rules, both Wells and outfielder Jasson Dominguez, another prospect in contention, need to be added to the 40-man roster before they can join the active roster.

While the departure of Spencer Howard may have caught fans off-guard, it’s clear that the Yankees are strategically aligning their roster for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. As the season continues to unfold, all eyes are on how the Yankees will leverage their roster changes to make a significant impact in the final stretch of the season.

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One thought on “Bader, Donaldson and Spencer Howard: Yankees drop veterans, embrace prospects in roster shake-up

  1. Wells can’t do worse then the 2 we have now. But as for Jason Dominguez other year or 2 . Just like Volpe an Oswald’s Cabrera needed other year in triple A. They should’ve started the youth movement next year by bringing all 7 players up to spring training. Then u go from there. But we should’ve had players in place leading up to this.

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