After another lifeless loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees still haven’t notched a single RBI since Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s magical Saturday night at Fenway Park. The 3-1 loss to Tampa featured a run scored on an error by Rays third baseman Yandy Diaz.
Nonetheless, the team withering away after the Rays hadn’t scored since the first inning likely woke up the front office, which has been asleep for weeks now. As a result, roster moves that should’ve arguably been made before or at the trade deadline are now being signed off on.
Well, at least some of them, according to buzz shortly after the loss. Per reports, the Yankees are calling up prospects Oswaldo Cabrera and Estevan Florial, as well as bringing back star rookie reliever Ron Marinaccio after inexplicably optioning him a couple weeks ago.
Some fans might’ve preferred to see Oswald Peraza, but almost everyone will take what they can get at this point. The Yankees have been dealing with injury issues since the All-Star break and have had room to add younger talent in an effort to spice things up.
Will these moves turn the team’s awful play around? Probably not, but they’ll contribute to starting a hopeful shift in performance.
The Yankees are reportedly calling up Oswaldo Cabrera, Estevan Florial and Ron Marinaccio
Get Aaron Hicks out there. Get one of Gleyber Torres/Isiah Kiner-Falefa out of the lineup a few times this week. Give Marinaccio the high-leverage relief innings he deserves. Was that so hard? How long was the organization willing to watch the same story replay over and over again?
These roster moves don’t exactly coincide with good news, though. Clay Holmes told reporters he’s dealing with a back issue and is headed to the injured list. We can expect the same fate for DJ LeMahieu, who’s been out of the lineup with a toe/foot injury he’s had some trouble with since the All-Star break. The Yankees will be down two of their best players (even though they haven’t been playing as such recently).
Upsetting, but also necessary. The Yankees can’t keep trotting injured players out there or have more hobbling guys eating up roster spots.
Most upsetting, however, is that these roster moves featuring Cabrera, Florial and Marinaccio are a result of necessity rather than reinforcement. The front office failed to get ahead of the problems that were slowly brewing right before our eyes, and now it’s all come to a head after an 8-17 record to kick off the second half and an average of 1.3 runs per game over their last seven contests.
Yankees fans are no doubt excited to see some young talent potentially make an impact on the big-league roster, but it shouldn’t have reached this point for it to happen.
Here’s to hoping Cabrera and Florial light a fire and Marinaccio continues his bullpen dominance so the Yankees can change their outdated, stale philosophy of player management.