2. No, Seriously, Can Derek Dietrich Snag a Roster Spot?
Going to shout this from the rooftops: the Yankees are a better team with Derek Dietrich on the bench. Instead of Tyler Wade. Instead of Mike Tauchman.
This probably holds true for Jay Bruce, too, if we’re being real honest with ourselves.
But seeing as there isn’t any chance of Wade losing his job (right? …right?), we won’t get too carried away here, and we’ll stop our advocating at the versatile infielder/outfielder with the low-hanging chain and Nick Swisher swagger.
Will the Yankees bring Derek Dietrich north?
Until the Yankees can figure out what to do with Tauchman, this will be the No. 1 most flame-worthy question of the spring. With the lefty-swinging outfielder in place, it seems likely they’ll be forced to leave Dietrich waiting at the gate.
That all changes, quickly, if New York can attach a youngster with options like, say, Albert Abreu to Tauchman, and deal the package in exchange for a 15-20th ranked prospect and a comp. pick of some kind.
The middle of the bullpen? Sure. That’s something that still needs to be worked out. There are probably seven viable arms for three spots, and whoever doesn’t get the nod will head to Scranton.
Dietrich vs. Tauchman vs. Wade vs. Bruce is the only true positional battle that remains, and we’ll likely be watching this one ’til the wire — or ’til a Tauchman trade goes down.