With Brian Cashman’s assertion that Tampa is a “higher franchise than us proper now,” it’s all however assured that the Yankees can be lively on all fronts trying to enhance this offseason. Gamers who’ve exhausted their minor league choices develop into roster items that now restrict the pliability of the group. Some gamers have used their years with choices to determine themselves as bona fide main leaguers, whereas others are prone to be moved, or moved off the 40-man roster.
The participant who took the largest benefit of his final yr of minor league choices was Clint Frazier. Confronted with a crowded roster, the Yankees despatched Frazier to the alternate coaching web site in Scranton to start out the season. Accidents to Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, in addition to ineffective play from Mike Tauchman and Mike Ford, opened the door for Frazier’s return in mid-August.
Frazier was a right away infusion of vitality and manufacturing within the lineup at a time when the Yankees wanted it. He produced a 149 OPS+ on the season and hit a giant residence run through the playoffs despite the fact that his play was restricted.
Even with a crowded outfield depth chart, Frazier can be anticipated to be within the lineup on opening day of 2021. His enchancment on protection makes him an on a regular basis participant that’s not a legal responsibility within the area. Enjoying the vast majority of his innings in proper area, Frazier’s general protection metrics completed within the optimistic for DRS and UZR for the primary time in his main league profession.
Thairo Estrada broke camp with the Yankees based mostly on his positional versatility on the infield grime and potential to be a stable contact bat. Estrada regarded noticeably bulkier this season to many observers, main some to query if he may maintain down the shortstop place that offers him a few of his utility worth.
In small pattern sizes, he seemed to be a mean second baseman, however might be barely under common at shortstop and third base. Estrada’s offense was close to non-existent, and included a 36% strikeout charge that was far above his 21.7% charge from 2019.
The Yankees appear to choose Tyler Wade over Estrada within the utility function. If rosters are restricted to 26 gamers subsequent season, it’s exhausting to see the Yankees carrying Estrada. They could attempt to preserve him on the roster into the spring hoping that he can step up his offensive sport after which generate some commerce worth.
The Yankees shouldn’t have a clear-cut substitute for Estrada’s function coming by way of the system. Gamers like Kyle Holder and Oswaldo Cabrera are within the minors, however the Yankees may be searching for a stable veteran choice.
Acquired from Houston within the Brian McCann commerce, Albert Abreu has been within the prime half of most Yankees prospect listings since 2017. He has been unable to develop the command that he would want to develop right into a stable starter. He was given two probabilities as a reliever this season and didn’t impress a lot in both outing.
With a bevy of younger arms that can want safety, it’s doable that Abreu may survive with the Yankees, nevertheless it’s unlikely. They may search to package deal him in a commerce for a low-level lottery ticket within the method that they did with Caleb Smith and Garrett Cooper a number of seasons in the past. The high-90s fastball and powerful secondary pitches make Abreu a candidate to breakthrough sooner or later, however his could also be up with the Yankees.
The Yankees had a number of different gamers with just one minor league choice left, however Chad Green, Jonathan Holder, Jonathan Loaisiga and Tyler Wade remained with the key league roster your entire season and didn’t burn their final choice yr. Between now and the setting of rosters for the Rule 5 draft, the Yankees can be trying to refine their roster and maximize the worth of the gamers they add. Whereas Frazier is seemingly safe with the Yankees, the group will probably be exploring all of their choices relating to Estrada and Abreu.