I’ve seen many comments around the web today where some Yankees fans are upset about the Yankees designating Colter Bean for assignment (yesterday).
First, think about what this means. When a player is “Designated For Assignment” (DFAed), it’s just a stall where his team is figuring out what to do with him.
In the case of Bean, the Yankees can still send him to the minors or trade him. Just because he was DFA’ed, it does not mean that he’s going to be released.
If I had to guess, the Yankees are using the DFA-stall here because Bean is going to be used in a trade. He would be the right piece to move for someone like Ryan Church.
At the least, the Yankees still own Bean today. Therefore I don’t see why there’s such a fuss over this move.