The Yankees announced that they had designated Tyler Wade, Clint Frazier, and Rougned Odor for assignment.
The Yankees subsequently then traded Wade to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a player to be named later.
These moves were made in order to protect certain players on the 40-man roster and not risk losing them to the Rule 5 Draft.
That’s what happened when the Yankees let Garrett Whitlock go. He ended up getting the final 3 outs of the American League Wild Card Game for the Boston Red Sox that eliminated the Yankees from the postseason.
Now that these moves have been made, what does this mean for the Yankees?
The Clint Frazier didn’t work, and it didn’t work for the last 3 years. He had a lot of potentials but couldn’t get out of his way on the injury front. He spent a lot of time criticizing the Yankees about the way they handled him both as a player and with his injuries. Frazier is not even close to the talent worth keeping with him, never keeping his mouth shut. If he didn’t speak it, he would indirectly go to Twitter and sound off.
Here’s to hoping Frazier lands on his feet somewhere, but it wasn’t New York. Maybe try Pittsburgh.
The move that’s been making Yankee fans scratch their heads is the Tyler Wade DFA and trade. He had become a valuable member of the team with his speed, defense, and ability to play nearly anywhere on the field at a high level. Bud hitting improved mightily in August when given the majority of the starts but then was seemingly taken out of play.
This raises the question, did they know Wade was not going to be with them beyond 2021, so they yanked him prematurely?
Wade was never a guy who would get heavy playing time, although he didn’t have a significant role. He would’ve gotten into 70% of the games next year had he stuck around with most of them coming as a pinch-runner or a defensive replacement.
It raises questions about the future. Do the Yankees believe so much in Anthony Volpe that they may bring him too early, and they don’t want Wade taking any reps from him? Does this mean that they won’t sign a big-name shortstop? Do the Yankees make a move for a CF?
Lots of questions will likely go unanswered for a long time.
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