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.

The Yankees originally drafted Wade in the 4th round of the 2013 draft out of high school. He debuted with the Bombers in 2017 and played in 264 games with the Yankees ever since. Wade’s a lifetime .212/.298/.307 (68 wRC+) hitter with 30 stolen bases in 38 attempts, though his numbers this year were a bit better. In 2021, Wade batted .268/.354/.323 (92 wRC+) and went 17-for-23 in stolen base attempts.

Wade’s role will likely be replaced internally. Oswaldo Cabrera is on the cusp of the majors, can play all over the infield, and has a substantially better bat. DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela already offer some versatility.

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  1. DZB

    I liked Wade as a player and I think he could be a lot closer to league average at the plate if he played regularly (like he was this season). His projected salary is basically the league min – I mean, so close as to not make a difference. So I don’t quite understand cutting him to go with an unproven Oswaldo Cabrera, aside from the 40-man crunch (need a spot for Cabrera anyway, so might as well make the Cabrera for Wade swap now if they are actually interchangeable pieces).

    The moves thus far could indicate they are planning a busy offseason, but I am not convinced. The way they have been running the team in recent years gives me no confidence that they will make the necessarily moves to win. They will retain a better than league average quality roster, but never go that extra mile. The saddest part is that it is already feeling like we are moving into the missed opportunities phase of the current roster (and unlike a model disappointing team like the Cubs, this roster didn’t actually win anything).

  2. a bag of balls

    this guy rizzedardo has to be doing a bit right?

    • luke

      Unfortunately no, he’s just very dramatic and negative in his responses

    • Yes, he’s being doing this schtick for a while, and was on RAB for many years before this site.

  3. Anthony Rizzeddardo

    This is the first time I’ve cried in months, Derek. Tyler was one of those special ballplayers that only comes around once in a generation or so. You would think after the Whitlock debacle that they would do a better job holding on to their talented kids but I guess this FO doesn’t learn a damn tning from the past. Between Velazquez and now Wade the Angels are putting together a heck of a ballclub of our best players. I mean who’s next to go, Judge? I just don’t know how we’re ever going to replace him. We still haven’t replaced Hideki and Johnny.

    • Luke

      Step off the ledge my friend it’s gonna be ok. “Special player” Tyler Wade is most certainly not. The fact you spoke his and Judges names comparatively in the same sentence is blasphemous

      • Thomas Stanley

        Let Eddard alone, ya bully! He’s one of the few reasons I read the comments – good humor is priceless and he’s freakin’ hilarious.

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