Yankees: 3 NYY players most impacted by Luke Voit surgery news

Mar 14, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Jay Bruce (30) reacts during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Jay Bruce (30) reacts during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 21: Tyler Wade #14 of the New York Yankees in action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2019 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 7-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

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:

https://twitter.com/THEKIDMERO/status/1375854955798667265

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.