Two names -- infielder Eduardo Nunez and catcher Francisco Cervelli -- spent much of last season with the Yankees. New York also added outfielder Chris Dickerson, left-handed pitcher Justin Thomas and right-handers Cory Wade and Adam Warren in an attempt to flesh out its bench.
"We have some more options," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "Obviously, we have some more speed. There's some baserunning that you can do late in the game knowing that you have extra bodies that you can put into the game if you want to do that. And there's extra pitching."
Wade will be making his third stint with the Yankees this year, while Nunez is returning for the first time since May. The Yankees wanted Nunez -- who had served as a utility man last season -- to concentrate on playing shortstop, and he's back with positive returns on his work in the field.
"They said he's been playing well," Girardi said of Nunez. "I like the speed element that he brings to our club. There's some things he can do offensively. Swinging the bat was not the issue when he went down. For him, we just felt we wanted to put him at one position and let him play."
The Yankees also plan to add veteran Casey McGehee to the big league roster as soon as Class A Charleston ends its season. Nunez was originally listed as the team's starting shortstop on Saturday, but the Yankees elected to let him play at designated hitter on his first day back.
"I'm happy to be here again," he said. "Every step back you make can make you stronger. I forget about the past. We live in the present and we think about a better future."