3 former Yankees players who would solve team's problems right now
By Adam Weinrib
Let's address this right off the top. No Aroldis Chapman. No Joey Gallo. Come on.
Getting yammed on by Gallo last week in Minnesota didn't change that. He wouldn't have worked here. That has become extremely obvious.
Watching Chapman begin his 2023 season with the kind of command, control and velocity we haven't seen since ... well, 2021 when he developed his splitter with the Yankees, hasn't changed anything. It's been phenomenal having him gone -- and, as we all know, that hot 2021 start didn't last. He ended up worse than ever.
Those two trouble spots aside, you don't have to look too far to find some former Yankees who would fit like gloves on this current roster, which doesn't have a left fielder or a bench, at the moment. During Aaron Judge's weekend absence, as Jake Bauers waited for his MRI results (they were, eventually, deemed good), they played with a two-man bench with a backup catcher and one outfielder. That is ... wholly insane.
Add in the trouble spots in the rotation (Clarke Schmidt shouldn't be here, Jhony Brito probably shouldn't either), and it's clear which former Yankees would be welcomed back.
3 former Yankees players who should still be on 2023 roster
After an unsuccessful stint with the San Francisco Giants and a one-year trip to the KBO, former Yankees left fielder Mike Tauchman is BACK in the minors with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.
Remember when Aaron Judge's future was up in the air and he was attending Tampa Bay Buccaneers games? Remember when Tauchman, of all people, was by his side, and we couldn't quite figure out what that meant? If only Judge had managed to finagle the two of them as a package deal...
So far at Triple-A, the 32-year-old Tauchman is hitting .320 with a .478 OBP and .978 OPS. Frankly, if the Cubs wanted to be cool about it, they'd hand over Tauchman as a token of their appreciation for the Scott Effross/Hayden Wesneski deal.
Add in Tauchman's left-handed bat, speed, and familiarity with the Yankees, and he'd be a perfect fit while the Yankees wait to find their left fielder of the future.
As wild as it is to say out loud, the 2019 Yankees were never quite the same after Tauchman's leg caught in left field at Fenway Park and he suffered a Grade 2 calf strain that ended his season in September. Sounds like it's time to right a wrong.