At 35 years old, it's entirely possible that lefty-swinging outfielder Kole Calhoun is over the hill. After all, he hasn't posted an above-average offensive season since the shortened 2020, and despite 12 dingers last year, he still finished with a woeful 67 OPS+.
If you're looking for a savior, Calhoun probably isn't your guy. But unlike recent lottery tickets in Willie (the other) Calhoun and Franchy Cordero, the track record is there for the new guy, who spent his 20s as a thorn in the American League's side with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on both sides of the ball. He's been patient, tenacious, and special in the field, winning a Gold Glove during his halcyon days back in 2015.
In truth, trying to unlock Calhoun's love for the short porch probably should've been the Yankees' first shot at redemption rather than one of their more recent swings. He's felt like a natural fit as a 26th man for a few years now, built in the mold of gritty bench veterans of rosters past. And -- be honest -- you completely forgot we silently signed him a few weeks back.
Calhoun finally reported to Triple-A Scranton this week, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in his debut. While it's very possible that chasing Calhoun turns into a fruitless pursuit the way Derek Dietrich Watch did a few years back, he certainly has the pedigree to contribute this season, as long as he can find his sea legs in May and June.