New York Yankees: Did Brian Cashman land another gem in speedy outfielder?

Greg Allen, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees might not be making any big splash moves, but you never know when general manager Brian Cashman is going to land another secret gem that over performs in pinstripes. If you recall, both Luke Voit and Gio Urshela were Cashman finds that ended up being significant pieces to the puzzle.

Since Voit was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals, he has cemented the first base position and was one of the more consistent factors in 2020. Over 56 games, he launched 22 homers (league-high) and 52 RBIs, earning a career-low 23.1% strikeout rate and a fantastic .277 average. He is one of Cashman’s golden eggs, and without him, the Yankees would have a significant problem at first base after the Greg Bird debacle.

Then you look over to Urshela, who replaced Miguel Andujar on the hot corner after he tore his labrum in 2019. Ever since the former Toronto Blue Jay took over at third base, he hasn’t let go.

This past season, he played in 43 of 60 games, logging a .298 average with six homers and 30 RBIs. While his slugging ability took a bit of a dip compared to his 2019 statistics where he hit 21 homers, he was still very productive at the plate. His 10.3% walk rate was the highest of his career by nearly double, and he had a career-high of .368 in on-base percentage.

As you can see, Cashman has the talent and ability to find hidden production and players that have underwhelmed earlier on in their career.

Did the New York Yankees and Cashman find another gem in Greg Allen?

On Wednesday, the Yankees acquired outfielder Greg Allen from the San Diego Padres. He was previously designated for assignment by San Diego and will receive left-handed reliever James Reeves in return, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Allen, who was raised in San Diego, is a speedy outfielder who made just one appearance this past season with the Padres. Over his career, Allen slashes .239/.298/.343 over 618 plate appearances. He has spent time with both the Cleveland Indians and Padres.

While Allen isn’t exactly an extraordinarily productive player, he seems to be eerily similar to Brett Gardner. A speedster with solid defensive abilities at 27 years old can only be beneficial for the Yankees, who could look to develop him and increase his contact ability, if possible.

Over four seasons, Allen has only been hit with three errors, indicating a strong presence in the outfield. While he’s not as offensively proficient as Gardner, the Yankees don’t want to pay him a significant amount of money at his age. Allen could likely supplement his loss defensively and, with a little hitting work, could improve and offer something at the plate in case the Yankees need to dip into their depth.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Brett Gardner’s future under more question with today’s trade

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

Today the New York Yankees have acquired from the San Deigo Padres outfielder Greg Allen, putting the Yankee’s own veteran, Brett Gardner, in even more jeopardy for his return to Yankees Stadium. Joel Sherman, an baseball insider, has reported that this afternoon the Yankees reached a trade deal with the Padres that will bring Greg Allen to the Yankee for James Reeves, a former 10th round pick of the Yankees back in 2015. The lefty pitcher has mostly served as a reliever for the Bombers in their minor league system, making it as high as Triple-A in 2018. He owns a career 2.30 ERA and 1.06 WHIP across 137 minor league games.

This move should dull the news that the Yankees might be considering Yasiel Puig. With the trade for Allen, it makes the second outfield backup move that the Yankees have made, earlier signing Socrates Brito to a minor league deal to provide the team with depth. With these new additions, it makes one wonder what lies ahead for the future of Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman.

Allen came to the Padres in the Mike Clevinger deal but only played in one game. In 2020 he got one home run and batted just .154. In his career for the Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres, he has a batting average of .239 with just eight home runs over his four years in the majors. Neither of these additions seem not to be upgrades over either Gardner or Tauchman. It’s hard to understand some of the moves the New York Yankees have made this offseason while they seem to be doing nothing of substance while they play wait and see if they can re-sign DJ LeMahieu.