Late last week, the New York Yankees designated Clint Frazier, Rougned Odor, and Tyler wade for assignment, making them waiver wire players.
Teams had an opportunity to scoop up the three options if desired, but instead, the Yankees traded Tyler Wade on Monday to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations and a player to be named later.
Per the Yankees’ PR team:
The New York Yankees today announced that they have traded INF/OF Tyler Wade to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Wade played in 103 games last season with the Bombers, recording a .268 average with a 25.5% strikeout rate and 11% walk rate. He failed to hit a home run but did contribute 17 stolen bases and 31 total runs.
The speedy utility player isn’t known for his slugger bat but rather his speed on the base paths and solid defense at multiple positions. Wade earned time at shortstop, third base, second base, centerfield, left field, and right field this past season, filling a variety of roles and wearing many different hats. He spent the majority of his time at SS, enjoying 139 innings without allowing a single error.
Ultimately, he simply doesn’t fit the Yankees’ mold at this point as they look to bring in new talent with better power. At 26-years-old, Tyler will look to expand upon his talents in Los Angeles, a pretty nice place to end up after spending the majority of his career on the East Coast.