The New York Yankees today announced that they have traded INF/OF Tyler Wade to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) November 22, 2021
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.
Last but not least, a farewell to Randy’s brand:
Goodbyes can be tough. This one is no different. I must bid adieu to the Tyler Wade brand. It was an incredible run. It brought great joy to those it came across. It was a unifier and a divider. I will miss the great times, but we must move on. Goodbye, Tyler Wade Brand.— Randy Wilkins (@pamsson) November 22, 2021