The Yankees are receiving commerce curiosity in outfielder Mike Tauchman, SNY’s Andy Martino reports. They’re wanting previous his 2020 season and valuing him extra in step with his 2019 output, per Martino, who provides that it’d take a reliever with some crew management or one other piece with reputable worth for the Yanks to half with the 30-year-old outfielder.
That groups are inquiring on Tauchman comes as little shock at this juncture of Spring Coaching. He’s out of minor league choices and appears to be with out a lot of a path to common enjoying time, given the presence of Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton all on the roster.
The Yankees even have veterans Jay Bruce and Derek Dietrich in camp on non-roster offers. Bruce, specifically, has been rumored to pique the Yankees’ curiosity. Neither has put collectively a very overwhelming spring efficiency to date, however each are left-handed bats with pop who might convey some versatility to the combination. Whereas Tauchman is able to enjoying all three outfield spots, he doesn’t have any expertise within the infield. Bruce has spent an excellent little bit of time at first base, nonetheless, and Dietrich can play second base along with all 4 nook positions.
Yankees skipper Aaron Boone acknowledged the looming choices after yesterday’s sport, telling reporters: “The truth is we — and some of our gamers — have choices to make within the subsequent 24, 48, 72 hours,” (link via the New York Post’s Dan Martin). “However no resolution has been made as of proper now.”
Bruce’s minor league take care of the membership contained an opt-out clause yesterday, which provides the Yankees 48 hours to place him on the roster. There’s no formal indication that Bruce triggered that clause, though there’s little motive for him to not have performed so. Exercising the clause places strain on the Yankees and, if he’s not going to make the Opening Day roster within the Bronx, provides him the chance to pursue a roster spot with one other membership.
Martino has recommended it’s doable that each Tauchman and Bruce make the Opening Day roster, with infielder Tyler Wade being optioned to Triple-A to start the season, though that’s clearly not probably the most supreme state of affairs for the Yankees. Doing so would imply a bench of Gardner, Tauchman, Bruce and backup catcher Kyle Higashioka. Every of Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu can play a number of spots across the infield, however there’s not a lot of a security internet on the bench if considered one of them must depart a sport with an damage. Holding Dietrich, who has ample expertise at each second base and third base, can be a cleaner match within the occasion that Wade is optioned.
The only plan of action for the Yankees can be to let Bruce and Dietrich pursue different alternatives, maintaining Tauchman and Wade each on the bench to start the season. Nonetheless, there’s a case to be made that Tauchman is considerably redundant with Gardner again within the fold and so many different outfield choices on the roster. And with the Yankees dropping Zack Britton for up to four months and Justin Wilson working by way of some shoulder tightness — yesterday’s MRI came back clean — it might work to their profit if they may pry a helpful reliever away from one other membership in a deal for Tauchman.
The 2020 season was a tough one for Tauchman, who performed by way of a shoulder damage and not too long ago acknowledged (by way of Martin within the beforehand linked piece) that he “developed some unhealthy swing-path patterns” whereas making an attempt to compensate for the ache he was experiencing. Tauchman hit simply .242/.342/.305 in 111 plate appearances final season, sustaining the sturdy plate self-discipline he displayed from 2017-19 however displaying nowhere close to the facility he did the prior 12 months.
The 2019 season was a breakout marketing campaign for Tauchman, whom the Yankees plucked from the Rockies in trade for lefty Phillip Diehl. In 296 plate appearances with the Yankees that 12 months, Tauchman slashed .277/.361/.504 with 13 dwelling runs. He received’t be eligible for arbitration till subsequent winter, and the Yankees management Tauchman by way of the 2024 season.