The New York Yankees have value across-the-board on their roster. Even their depth represents players that other clubs seek. However, the Bombers are still trying to supplement the loss of several starters from 2020, notably in the pitching rotation. The outfield also continues to be a minor question as Giancarlo Stanton is unable to play defense anymore, and the Yankees just recently committed to Clint Frazier, who locked up a starting spot this past campaign.
One player that continues to draw a ton of interest, though, is reserve option Mike Tauchman.
â€œI get a lot of calls on him to be honest,â€ Cashman said this week in a media Zoom call. â€œI feel like Tauchman gets as many on our club.â€
Tauchman is a valuable player at 30 years old. His ability to play multiple outfield spots and represent a lefty hitter makes him a unique player. Mike is arbitration-eligible in 2022 and will be a free agent in 2025, so the Yankees have plenty of control over him. It is possible they could view him as a trade piece since Frazier has locked down the outfield spot, and other teams could utilize him as a potential starter.
â€œPeople see the value in the player being left-handed and playing left, center and right,â€ Cashman said.
â€œPeople might forget (Tauchman and Frazier) were in competition with each other,â€ Cashman said. â€œOne right-handed, one left handed. Tauchman fits us better in theory, the left-handed bat because weâ€™re so right handed.â€
â€œHe struggled, he tried to fight through, and it got worse. Then the opportunities kind of dried up throughout the process. So he couldnâ€™t get consistent at-bats to help get offline, and then the season was over. And now the back of his baseball card looks the way it does, but heâ€™s certainly better player than that. I think we recognize that. I think the industry recognizes that.â€
Will the New York Yankees bring back Brett Gardner?
Gardner is a player who represents the epitome of reliability. Heâ€™s always available to start at multiple outfield spots, and considering he has a lefty bat as well, the Yankees could always use their esteemed veteran.
However, Gardner could be looking for a pricey contract, and the Yankees only want to offer him a one-year, cost-efficient deal. Brett was set to earn an extension of one year for $10 million, but the Yankees rejected the club option.
Comments by general manager Brian Cashman and Gradyâ€™s agent seem to indicate that both sides want to come to a deal. Cashman stated on ESPN radio that he would love to partner back with Brett, but ultimately it comes down to price. Not only is he great in the clubhouse, but he is everything the Yankee strive to represent, and his agent had no mentions of retirement.
If they can agree on a one-year deal worth about $5 million, we should expect to see Gardner back in pinstripes for the 2021 season.