1. Josh Breaux
Admittedly, this one’s a stretch for two reasons: Kyle Higashioka is going nowhere (as long as Ben Rortvedt’s struggling), and Josh Breaux is currently on the Triple-A IL rehabbing a back injury (say hi to Clay Holmes at the masseuse!).
But the Yankees have lacked thump behind the plate for so long, and Jose Trevino could use a real running mate, especially as he begins to slump back towards career norms. He’s beloved for a reason! And catcher remains a deserted position in MLB, and he’s one of the best in baseball, offensively and defensively.
That Higashioka upgrade, though … if your starting catcher is this spectacular behind the dish, it’s alright if the backup rakes a little bit extra. Breaux somehow isn’t on the 40-man, but there’s an easily-cleared spot: Luke Bard, sorry, buddy.
You could certainly do worse for a September call-up than a catcher whose adjustment period to Triple-A lasted the blink of an eye. After getting promoted midsummer, Breaux went on a miniature rampage, hitting .313 with a .968 OPS and four homers/nine walks in 18 games. You want to talk about a spark? There’s no telling whether Breaux is ready to compete over an extended stretch, but he could certainly give Trevino a breather and sock four homers in a week.
Home runs sound mighty nice during this current dead zone. It won’t happen, but it’s not so far outside the box that it’s not worth covering.