Bad news: The 2023 New York Yankees have a sorry offense to begin the season.
Great news (for the angry people who said the Bombers 'ran it back' from last season): So far, you're right! You're a genius.
The top of the lineup, led by Anthony Volpe finding his footing, still includes big names in Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, and 2023 Garbage Time Hero Anthony Rizzo (sorry, sorry, I'm trying to delete it). But the back half? Without Giancarlo Stanton, they've collapsed like a house of cards yet again. Willie Calhoun should not be batting fifth; in fact, he has the lowest WAR of any player in MLB since 2020. The Franchy Cordero Era should end sooner rather than later. Aaron Hicks can't track a fly ball, but at least he can get on base once in a blue moon, making him this team's Most Valuable Player.
Luckily, it's still April, and the Yankees have somehow managed to tread water with their stars on the shelf and lineup slumping; they've gone 5-7 in their last 12 games when they could've gone 0-44.
So, how do we fix this? Luckily, there are three players knocking on the door at Triple-A, ranging from "prospect" to "forgotten man," who could help quickly. Hey, at least they'd be trying something.
3 players the 2023 New York Yankees should promote to fix their sorry offense
I don't know if Jake Bauers has unlocked something and become a sustainable star at Triple-A. I doubt he has.
But there's no reason for the Yankees not to try to ride his Scranton hot streak at the big-league level and figure out the rest later.
The Bombers had an open 40-man spot until Tuesday, when they promoted left-hander Nick Ramirez to be the last guy in the bullpen, but DFAing Calhoun/Cordero/Ramirez (sorry) could still clear a space pretty easily.
Bauers, formerly of the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Guardians, is 27 years old and has never had a season with over a 100 OPS+ at the big-league level (the closest he came was a 94 mark in his rookie year in Tampa). He's probably a low-ceiling option. Probably.
That said, Bauers is currently laying waste to Triple-A, hitting .333 with a .481 OBP and 1.364 OPS, socking nine home runs in the early going. If there's even a chance he could be doing that in the bigs right now -- and from the left side, at that -- he should be given the opportunity.