After spending six seasons in the minor leagues, players can become minor league free agents and sign with any team. The Yankees have re-signed Manny Barreda, Kelvin Castro, Jairo Heredia, Diego Moreno, Francisco Rondon, and Francisco Arcia to prevent them from becoming minor league free agents.
Barreda has pitched within the Yankees' system for seven years. As a 24-year-old, he pitched to a 4.02 ERA with a 10.1 K/9 in 62.2 innings between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton.
Castro has been with the Yankees for eight seasons now and as a 25-year-old, he pitched to a 3.21 ERA and an 11.8 K/9 in 33.2 innings between Short-Season-A and Low-A Charleston.
Heredia has spent six years in the Yankees organization and as a 23-year-old, he pitched to a 3.39 ERA and an 8.9 K/9 in 69 innings between Staten Island, Tampa, and a brief stint in Triple-A.
Moreno has six years of service time in the minor leagues, five with the Pirates organization and one in the the Yankees organization after being traded in the A.J. Burnett deal. He missed all of 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but returned for his age-25 season and pitched to a 3.89 ERA and 9.0 K/9 in 27 innings between Tampa and Trenton.
Rondon has been in the Yankees system for eight years now. He was designated for assignment during his age-25 season, but went through waivers and returned to the team. He had a 3.92 ERA with a 9.3 K/9 in 82.2 innings between Trenton and Scranton.
Arcia has been in the system for seven seasons and hit .213/.286/.305 with four home runs in his age-24 season.
Only Rondon is likely to get a chance to play for the 2014 Yankees out of spring training. With Boone Logan leaving in free agency, the lefty could become very valuable and prove to be a left-handed option out of the bullpen. The others will likely remain in the minors as they slowly work their way up the system.