2. Miguel Castro
Much like Justin Wilson in 2021, the Yankees’ bullpen currently includes one veteran albatross who’s out of options: Miguel Castro, the erratic right-hander with the special fastball sent over from the Mets in a last-second trade before Opening Day.
While Castro’s certainly had his moments, his struggles have lent a degree of inflexibility to the ‘pen. He’s the one pitcher on the edge who the Yankees can’t move around without losing.
Castro’s recent shoulder issue — which should keep him sidelined for a month — certainly clarified this picture a little bit, though. While he probably won’t be attached to a Luis Cessa-type deal and shipped out to save cash for bigger deadline moves (cash that was never used in 2021, by the way), the Yankees’ deadline shopping list probably includes at least one reliever (and likely someone nobody expected).
With very little 40-man wiggle room and a few other slots that must be filled by (probably) a starter and a depth outfielder, there’s bound to be at least one veteran who loses their gig when the trades go through. While many are hoping against hope that Aroldis Chapman’s time has come (it hasn’t), Castro’s bum shoulder could — and should — spell his end via DFA.
He’s subtracted 0.3 WAR from this year’s Yankees with his 1.407 WHIP. It’s obvious why Castro’s arm is intriguing, but this decision isn’t worth crying over.