The Yankees returned Rule 5 selection Jamie Hoffmann to the Dodgers today, completing what was a fairly disappointing spring training with the Yankees for the 25 year old prospect. Hoffmann went just 3-23 for the Yankees, and was unable to wrest a position on the team away from the equally horrendous Marcus Thames (3-28). The Yankees likely decided that they had enough speed and defense out there with Brett Gardner and Randy Winn, and chose to take Thames’ power bat. However, that does not mean that the Yankees are done with Hoffmann.
Mark Feinsand is reporting that there have been whispers in recent weeks about the Yankees sending Sergio Mitre or Chad Gaudin to the Dodgers for the rights to Hoffmann, so that the club could stash him at AAA without any of the Rule 5 constraints. Now, I am not sure if these whispers were from within the organization or if they stem from the suggestions made on this issue by bloggers, so I am not certain what to expect. I would not be averse to such a move, as the Yankees clearly like Hoffmann and have surplus pitching depth. If they think Hoffmann can help the major league club soon, then it is a move that they should pursue.