If you find the Yankees‘ offense uninspiring thus far in 2022, just know that it seemingly wouldn’t be improved if they’d gotten a re-do on nearly any of the decisions they made this offseason.
Almost across the board, the players the Yanks let go during their various offseason purges, trades and roster cuts are performing below expectations in their new homes, from Chicago to Minnesota to San Diego.
(Yes, except for one or two notables who are absolutely crushing it, one of whom would’ve been extremely helpful to the ’22 Yankees. We’ll get to that shortly.)
If you’re like us, you’ve been scanning the rest of MLB “hoping for the best” from those former Yanks who’ve been scattered elsewhere, all the while secretly exhaling when they’re not all bulldozing the competition like Andrew Heaney. To be fair, like Rougned Odor smacking the game-winning hit Sunday afternoon, that was an infuriating shoo-in.
Beat writer Max Goodman checked in on several former core Yankees, as of Monday morning, and there are plenty of uninspiring profiles to go around here.
Of all the garish lines, Luke Voit’s struggles stand out — as does Tyler Wade’s apparent dominance.
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We’ll add a few more, too. The aforementioned Odor has four hits in 20 at-bats, and has been largely feckless outside of the peacocking display he put on Sunday afternoon. So, basically the exact same profile as his 2021 season.
Through Sunday’s action, Gio Urshela has also put up a representative line for the Twins (.227 with a homer and 96 OPS+), though both he and Gary Sánchez played Monday’s matinee in Boston.
We’ll focus on Tyler Wade, someone whose powerless profile bummed out many new-school Yankee fans, but who always had game-changing speed (without the ability to put bat on ball and put it to good use).
It was strange to see Wade jettisoned in late November, though, considering 2021 was the first season of his career where he had any sort of impact, hitting .268 with 17 stolen bases in 103 games. He got plenty of run as a backup shortstop, something the Yankees have left themselves without this season after a whole offseason of talking up how crucial it was to kick Gleyber Torres out of the role.
And yet … there goes Wade, doing what he could’ve done in the Bronx in sunny Anaheim.
If not for all the Yankees’ false hustle ahead of a canceled Rule 5 Draft, Wade might have already usurped the starting shortstop role from Isiah Kiner-Falefa. Instead, he’s helped key a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim resurgence.
Sometimes, baseball can be cruel. Voit and Clint Frazier, who deserve a fresh start, haven’t gotten anything of the sort yet. Wade, who could really help the Bombers, is rubbing it in their face out west.
Heaney and Corey Kluber? Next question. Too enraged to respond.