3. Mike Tauchman
Oh no! Not the Sock Man! We know, this is hard to even fathom considering how admirably he performed in limited time last year while filling in for Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, but what’s Cashman to do with this outfield logjam? We know those two as well as Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks aren’t going anywhere. Tauchman would’ve had the first half of the season to show the rest of Major League Baseball what he’s capable of considering the Yanks were supposed to be without Judge, Hicks and Stanton for at least a couple of months. Assuming Tauchman played anywhere near his 2019 levels, Cashman would’ve had a beautiful trade chip on his hands that could’ve gotten the Yanks some pitching or perhaps another prospect. New York has an embarrassment of riches in the outfield and there’s no way the team is going to sit on all of these assets, especially when they’re trying to win another World Series at the moment. In just 87 games last year, Tauchman played All-Star-caliber defense and slashed .277/.361/.504 with 13 home runs and 47 RBI. His left-handed bat also brings significant value.