The Yankees have a huge liability in the outfield

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At some point, the New York Yankees may have to reconsider their strategy with trade acquisition Trent Grisham, who has become a significant liability when called upon to bolster the outfield.

Originally seen as a solid defensive player with potential offensive contributions, Grisham has fallen short of expectations. Over three consecutive years as a primary starter for the San Diego Padres, his performance has gradually declined. This season, across 24 games and 59 plate appearances, Grisham is hitting a meager .083/.224/.208, including a 30.5% strikeout rate, 13.6% walk rate, and a dismal 35 wRC+.

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Assessing Trent Grisham’s Struggles in the Yankees Outfield

With star outfielder Juan Soto sidelined due to a left forearm injury, Grisham has been thrust into a more prominent role in the outfield and batting order. Despite adjustments, including placing Alex Verdugo in the two-hole and moving Grisham to the bottom of the lineup, the Yankees’ offensive output has suffered dramatically, scoring only four runs in their last two games.

Potential Promotion of Prospect Jasson Dominguez

As Grisham continues to struggle, the Yankees may soon look to their farm system, specifically to Jasson Dominguez, who has been excelling since his promotion to Triple-A. The 21-year-old phenom is hitting an impressive .400 with a .400 OBP, including one homer and an RBI over just four games. Dominguez’s performance is especially notable considering he is just coming off Tommy John surgery, yet he’s dominating the minor leagues.

Had Soto been placed on the injured list, the Yankees might have already called up Dominguez. However, Soto’s ability to avoid the IL has allowed the Yankees to exercise more patience, giving Dominguez additional time to strengthen post-surgery without rushing him into everyday major league duties.

Looking ahead, Dominguez is positioning himself for a full-time transition to the Yankees’ major league roster in 2025. He is expected to take over the left field position long-term, especially with Verdugo approaching free agency. By waiting until September, when service time considerations become less of a factor, the Yankees may choose to promote Dominguez to bolster their lineup late in the season and during the playoffs, providing much-needed support and depth.

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