It is actually because the Yankees like Hector Noesi so much he could end up in Triple-A. If he doesn't win a job by out-performance or injury, Noesi will likely be at Triple-A so he is stretched out when the Yankees need a starter during the season.
That is why they selected Brad Meyers from Washington in the Rule 5 Draft. Meyers will have a chance to be the Yankees' long man.
The Yankees other Rule 5 pick, Cesar Cabral, will have a chance to be the Yankees' second lefty out of the bullpen.
Here is the release from the Yanks.
In today’s Rule 5 Draft, the Yankees selected RHP Brad Meyers from the Washington Nationals organization with the 29th pick of the Major League phase. Meyers, 26, played at three different levels in 2011, going 9-7 with a 3.18 ERA in 25 combined games (24 starts) with Single-A Auburn, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. Originally drafted by the Nationals in the fifth round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, the Santa Ana, Calif., native recorded 116K in 138.2IP with only 15BB last season. In 2009, Meyers was named the Nationals’ Pitcher of the Year.
In addition, the Yankees acquired LHP Cesar Cabral from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Cabral, 22, was selected by the Royals in today’s Rule 5 Draft from the Boston Red Sox organization. He went 3-4 with a 2.95 ERA in 36 combined relief appearances with Single-A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2011, recording 70K in 55.0IP. Originally signed by the Red Sox as a non-drafted free agent in 2006, Cabral was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2010 Rule 5 Draft and later returned to Boston.
In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Yankees have released OF Greg Golson. The Yankees’ Major League roster now stands at 40 players.
The Yankees did not have any players from their organization selected by other teams in today’s Rule 5 Draft.