Yankees trade Tyler Wade to the Angels

It only took a few days for Tyler Wade to find a new home. The Yankees designated Wade for assignment on Friday as part of the team’s 40-man roster cleanup and Rule 5 protection transactions, and now, he’s headed west. Wade is from California, so this deal to the Angels is a homecoming of sorts. His hometown is about an hour drive away from the team’s ballpark.

Wade, who turns 27 tomorrow, is first time arbitration eligible and has a projected $700,000 salary in 2022. He’ll likely serve in a utility role with the Angels, similar to his time in New York.

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A Window to 2022

Goodbye guns 😥

Among the Yankees’ moves to free up 40-man roster space was a dual DFA: Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade. While not officially the end for either player, the move tells us that they’re essentially done as Yankees, a disappointing end for the duo.

While Wade won’t find fans ’round this blog, it’s worth noting that his profile suggested he could be a useful piece for the Yankees’ bench. It just didn’t work out that way. It’s entirely possible he fills this role for another team, and we wish him well on a personal level.

Clint, on the other hand, was one of our personal favorites, but it just didn’t work out for him. Head injuries led to a blown chance at the beginning of this season and that effectively sunk his Yankee career. It’s too bad because his personality and skillset made him seem destined for stardom in New York. Hopefully, Clint gets healthy and tears it up somewhere.

The Rule 5 Protection Deadline

The deadline for protection came and went and with most of Yankees Twitter expecting a big trade, the Bombers did the opposite and got their much-needed roster spots cleared via small moves. In summary:

The Added Players

The first reportedly added player was the most obvious. High minors breakout middle infielder Oswaldo Carera, who could be an option for the MLB team backup infield position next season.

The next reported player was outfielder Everson Pereira, who survives yet another deadline after rumors of him going the Trade Deadline for Joey Gallo. He’s quite some time away from the MLB team, but he has some prospect status (ranked 13 in the system by MLB pipeline) and the Yankees probably don’t want another Luis Torrens case.

Then came the big announcement where the team confirmed the addition of right-handed pitchers Stephen Ridings & Ron Marinaccio along with the lefty J.P. Sears. Remember you can check out the profiles for all of these players in our previous Rule-5 post by Derek.

So who did they cut from their previously full 40-Man roster? well…

The Cuts

Yeah, no it wasn’t Matt Olson but the Yankees did do a small trade with the Phillies first:

Clearing who I thought would be the 3rd Catcher next Season Donny Sands along with Nick Nelson. They traded them for two low-minors prospects in lefty-hitting 21-year-old 1B T.J. Rumfield who slashed .250/.426/.263 (Yikes that SLG) over at Class A this past season, and the also 21-year-old lefty Joel Valdéz who pitched in the DSL this past season. As expected, neither of them was ranked in the Phillies top-30 prospects. This is not about getting some huge guy for the future, just about clearing spots.

Then came the bomb with the cuts:

It seems Randy finally got through to Cashman as the now-former Yankees UTIl Tyler Wade was designated for assignment. Along with Clint Frazier and Rougned Odor as well. The last two are not terribly surprising, but it is interesting to see Chris Gittens and Miguel Andújar make the cut before them.

This looks like sadly the end of Frazier’s time with the Yanks, we hope nothing but the best for him first in terms of health and secondly in terms of his Baseball career. As for Rougned I personally thought they might have kept him because of him being a decent BU-INF option and how cheap he is (Texas is paying his contract) but it wasn’t to be.

For all the out-going players we wish you the best in your future.

The healthy and great Giancarlo Stanton [2021 Season Review]

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As noted in our bold predictions review, if before Opening Day you told me that Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge would be (mostly) healthy all year, I’d have expected the Yankees to be an offensive juggernaut. Of course, the Bombers weren’t in spite of two of the team’s biggest stars remaining available all year long. The offensive malaise certainly wasn’t their fault, though.

I thought Stanton might sneak in one or two 10th place MVP award votes thanks to his overall strong batting line (137 wRC+) along with a great second half. He didn’t, but that’s no biggie. More importantly, Stanton reminded us of what it’s like to have him in the lineup regularly again for the first time since 2018. And wow, was he fun to watch.

Yankees Free Agent Target: Corey Seager

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The hot stove has really warmed up over the last week or so. There were rumors that some free agents would sign new deals ahead of the expiration of the CBA on December 1st, and that has indeed been the case. Eduardo Rodríguez, Noah Syndergaard, and Justin Verlander are already off the market. Corey Seager, the subject of today’s free agent target profile, could sign before the end of November too.

Scott Boras represents Seager and it’s unusual for Boras clients to sign early in the offseason. We’ve seen the players he reps wait until late January to put pen to paper, but perhaps this year will be an exception because of the potential lockout. Either way, Seager, who turns 28 in April, is in for a massive contract as one of the game’s best shortstops. The Yankees have been connected to him, so let’s dive in.

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