Yankees designate Jake Cave for assignment, release Danny Espinosa

TAMPA - The New York Yankees made three roster moves surrounding Neil Walker's addition on Monday: the team has designated outfielder Jake Cave for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot for Walker, re-assigned infielder Kyle Holder to minor-league camp, and released infielder Danny Espinosa.

Cave, 25, had just been added to the 40-man roster this past winter after hitting .305 with 20 home runs and 56 RBI in 103 games between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He appeared in 10 games this spring, hitting .158 in 19 at-bats.

Holder, a former first-round pick back in 2015, was a non-roster invitee to camp and appeared in 10 games, hitting .471 with three RBI in 17 at-bats.

Espinosa, who signed a minor-league deal over the winter, appeared in 12 games this spring, hitting .160 with one home run and four RBI in 25 at-bats.

"He had an out at the end of camp, but given the Neil Walker addition, we felt it was the right thing to give him the opportunity to catch on somewhere else," general manager Brian Cashman said of Espinosa's release.