Spring training games start Sunday. Baseball is here! There will not be another Sunday until October in which we won’t see a baseball game — barring any unforeseen issues/setbacks with the current global pandemic.
That means we will be fully glued to the New York Yankees between now and (hopefully) November. We need it. It’s everything we’re hoping for.
But as Yankees fans know, there isn’t a single season devoid of drama, whether it’s injuries, off-the-field issues, roster controversies, trade rumors, etc. The list goes on and on. And we could have our earliest drama (this is an optimistic timeline) at the end of spring training when the Bombers decide upon their 26-man roster.
Why? Because they brought in a lot of guys to compete over the next month and you know there will be a few position battles that don’t go in favor of some current Yankees.
Let’s take a look at who could surprisingly be left off the Opening Day roster.
Here are three surprise decisions the Yankees might make this spring.
3. Tyler Wade
Tyler Wade‘s value comes on the defensive side of the ball, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Gleyber Torres, but the 26-year-old has now had four seasons to prove something with his bat and … he’s got a .190 average to show for it.
Don’t you think there’s some truth to the Yankees bringing in Derek Dietrich this spring to put some heat on Wade? Dietrich doesn’t play short, but he’s a power lefty bat who can effectively play first, second, third and the corner outfield spots.
Wade getting pushed off the roster is easily the least likely outcome out of all of these because the Yankees need someone to play shortstop in the event Torres gets hurt, needs a day off, or is downright bad, but don’t you think they can make do by giving Thairo Estrada the nod if they absolutely need to at some point in 2021?
We’re not saying that’s the answer, we’re just saying that the front office might value Dietrich’s versatility and power more than Wade’s middle infield defense and non-existent bat.
Again, unlikely, but the beginning of the writing could be on the wall if he has a bad spring.