1. Tyler Wade
Has Tyler Wade earned a spot on this Yankees roster? Not particularly. He struggles with the bat, and his defensive versatility only takes him so far.
Also, whether the official scorer was being harsh or not, his back-to-back errors Friday night were bad optics at a critical juncture of his career.
So, now we’re here. Wade made the Opening Day roster, which always felt like an unfortunate inevitability. But now, without Voit, LeMahieu will likely play first more often over the season’s first few months, giving Wade plenty of starts out of the nine hole.
We prefer Tauchman at first every so often, and we’d enjoy the Yankees coming to their senses. But we also don’t make the rules.
The legendary Kid Mero put it best:
In 24 hours, Wade went from an annoying gnat buzzing around the roster bubble to someone who will once again start 10 games in the season’s first month or two unless the Yankees take drastic position-shifting action.
This is why we begged for another true backup shortstop option all spring long. Derek Dietrich was fun…until we remembered he can’t play short, and was basically in camp as a showcase. Pointless.
Can the Yankees survive Voit’s absence? Of course they can. But in keeping his seat warm, Bruce isn’t the real problem here.