The Yankees announced that they’ve outrighted catcher Chris Rabago off the 40-man roster. Rabago, who was claimed off waivers out of the Rockies organization just two days ago, will remain in Double-A Trenton for now. It seems that the Yankees claimed him solely with the intent to immediately try to pass Rabago through waivers themselves — a move that’ll now pay some dividends, as they can retain his rights without dedicating a 40-man roster spot.
Rabago was a 13th-round selection by the Rockies back in 2014 and found himself added to the 40-man roster last November on the heels of a .272/.350/.393 batting line in 358 plate appearances in Class-A Advanced. This season has proven more of a challenge, as he’s managed just a .213/.292/.361 slash through 229 plate appearances with Colorado’s Double-A affiliate. (Rabago has yet to even suit up for the Yankees’ Trenton club.) He’s delivered sub-par framing marks in 2018, per Baseball-Prospectus, but does have a 34 percent caught-stealing rate. Rabago wasn’t considered to be among the Rockies’ top prospects and won’t feature prominently on the Yankees’ rankings, either, though he’ll add some depth to the upper levels of their system.