Yankees News: Star Japanese free agent shuns the Red Sox, former Yankee signs with Korean team

Seiya Suzuki, yankees

The New York Yankees were recently listed as an aggressive player in the sweepstakes for Japanese stud outfielder Seiyu Suzuki. General manager Brian Cashman was rather quiet before the lockout, but it is possible he comes out guns blazing once things return to normal. The expectation is that Suzuki will be one of their primary targets after a stellar season with Hiroshima in the Japanese League.

Suzuki posted a .317 batting average with 38 homers and 88 RBIs, striking out 89 times over 439 at-bats. He’s primarily a right fielder, which could force Aaron Judge to transition to centerfield, a spot he played flawlessly during the 2020–21 season with the absence of Aaron Hicks.

At this point, relying on Hicks to be an everyday option in the outfield may be a bit optimistic given his injury history. If the Bombers are willing to replace him as a starter and relegate him to second-team duties, they could get a bit more value out of his seven-year, $70 million contract.

Suzuki has incredible power as a lefty, showcasing quick hands and a smooth swing. Featuring him as one of their slugging outfielders would likely produce stellar results. The Yankees have had great success in the past utilizing Japanese talent, notably Hideki Matsui, Masahiro Tanaka, and even Ichiro Suzuki.

The expectation is that Suzuki will cost about $55 million over five years, but he could earn a bit more if teams begin a bidding war. Luckily for the Yanks, Suzuki unfollowed the Boston Red Sox on social media, throwing a bit of shade toward one of the “aggressive” teams targeting him post-lockout.

One former Yankee is heading overseas to play in the Korean league:

Former fan-favorite Mike Tauchman signed a new deal with a Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization, receiving a $300K signing bonus and salary of $700K for a total of $1 million. After being selected in the 10th round of the 2013 draft, Tauchman served a major purpose for the Yankees before Covid struck. With his flexibility in the outfield and adequate contact-hitting qualities, he will make the move across the ocean to cash in one last time.

Yankees strike trade, sending Mike Tauchman packing for pitching

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees announced on Tuesday before the first pitch against the Baltimore Orioles that they were trading outfielder Mike Tauchman for pitching. Tauchman, who has played in 11 games this year, enjoying only 16 plate appearances, will make his way over to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for left-handed pitcher Wandy Peralta.

Per the Yankees PR:


The New York Yankees announced today that they have acquired LHP Wandy Peralta and a player to be named later from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for OF Mike Tauchman.

Peralta, 29, is 2-1 with two saves and a 5.40 ERA (8.1IP, 11H, 5ER, 3BB, 8K, 1HR) in 10 relief appearances with the Giants in 2021. Over six Major League seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (2016-19) and San Francisco Giants (2019-21), he has gone 9-9 with two saves and a 4.72 ERA (192.2IP, 195H, 110R/101ER, 92BB, 158K, 26HR) in 220 relief appearances.

Peralta went 1-1 with a 3.29 ERA in 2020, making 25 relief outings. Against left-handed batters, he logged a .171 average BA against, posting 12 strikeouts. In fact, he struck out at least one batter in 19 of his 25 games, averaging 8.23 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. The Dominican Republic native was originally signed by Cincinnati in 2009 but was claimed by San Francisco in 2019.

Tauchman, on the other hand, has played a significant part for the Yankees the past few seasons, earning a .277 average with 13 homers and 47 RBIs in 2019, but wasn’t able to make a similar impact in 2020, failing to hit a home run.

In addition, the Yankees also recalled infielder Tyler Wade from the alternate site.

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from the Yankees Opening Day loss to the Jays

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

The New York Yankees met up with the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday for the Opening Day of the 2021 baseball season at Yankee Stadium. It was the first time in over 500 days that the Yankees had fans in the stands for a regular-season game. 10,850 lucky fans were able to watch the game in person at the game that went into the 10th inning tied. Unfortunately, the man on second rule from the 2020 season may have cost them the game. The Yankee lost in the 10th inning to the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2. Here are three major takeaways from the game.

New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole looked good

There were plenty of positives in the Yankee loss yesterday. One of them was that Gerrit Cole had one of his best starts since the beginning of spring training. He lasted 5.1 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs in 5.1 innings with a 3.38 ERA over the span. Normally that might be enough to secure a win, but as in the last several spring training games again, the New York Yankee offense couldn’t muster up more than two runs in the game.

The good news was that Cole struck out 8 Jays in the game; that was just one strikeout short of tieing for the most Yankee strikeouts in an Opening Day game. The rest of the Yankee pitchers, Chad Green, Jonathan Loaisiga, Darren O’Day, and Nick Nelson, did not give up an earned run. In fact, Nelson in the 10th struck out three but lost the game due to the man on second rule that saw Crichuk drive in Davis from second to secure the Jays winning run.

A lingering question yesterday and one that will probably last throughout the season is if Cole would have given up the game if he pitched to his 2020 personal catcher Kyle Higashioka. Yesterday’s starting catcher was Gary Sanchez. Last season Cole pitched to Sanchez with a 3.91 ERA, but pitching to Higashioka; his ERA was just 1.00 over the last 24 innings of the 2020 regular season.

Gary Sanchez started the season with a bang

In his first at-bat of the 2021 season with the Jays up by one run, Gary Sanchez hit a 407′ home run into the left-field stands, and he did it with Gleyber Torres on base, giving the Yankees a one-run lead in the game. Little did he know at the time it would be the only Yankee scoring in the game.

Sanchez also had a single and a walk in the game. This was a very positive start for Sanchez, who needed confidence to start the season after having a horrid season last year, where he hit only .147 on the season. Sanchez in the game also showed off his rocket of an arm, throwing out Crichuk, who tied to steal in the seventh inning. Sanchez also hit three homers in the spring but fell off in performance in the second half of spring training. A homer and a single was a great way for Sanchez to start his season.

Mike Tauchman showed why he is on the roster

In the final days of spring training, Mike Tauchman made the 26 man roster for the beginning of the 2021 season. Tauchman, like many players in the 2020 season, didn’t have the best showing in the shortened season. But playing relatively well in the spring, he made the roster.

Yesterday against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning Gary Sanchez walked to lead off the inning. In an odd move manager, Aaron Boone selected Mike Tauchman instead of the speedy Tyler Wade to pinch run for Gary Sanchez, who isn’t the speediest of runners. Tauchman immediately stole second base. Jay Bruce struck out. With Clint Frazier at the plate, Tauchman stole third. Frazier walked. DJ LeMahieu hit into a fielder’s choice, but Tauchman was called out as he tried to make it home. The DJ single was hit so sharply to the shortstop that it made it impossible for Tauchman to score. Wade may have made it home; no one will ever know. Nevertheless, Tauchman certainly showed his worth in the game.

Yankees’ Mike Tauchman is getting reps at a new position

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

For much of the spring, the New York Yankees made outfielders Jay Bruce (signed to a minor league deal with an invitation to camp) and Mike Tauchman work and compete for a spot on the Opening Day roster.

As it turns out, the Luke Voit knee injury opened up a spot for Bruce and Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone ended up choosing Tauchman’s defensive prowess in the outfield over Derek Dietrich’s versatility, so both Tauchman and Bruce made the team. The latter will fill in for Voit until May, when he returns from the injury list.

But reporters covering the team at Yankee Stadium got a surprise at the team’s latest practice on Wednesday morning. The Bombers had Tauchman get some reps at first base, ‘coached’ by Bruce.

The Yankees love Tauchman’s defense, will he work as a backup 1B?

Tauchman made the team because he is a gifted defensive player in the outfield. He had 19 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) for the Yankees in 2019, his last full, normal season. His offensive struggles in 2020 left him on the verge of being on the outside looking when it comes to a roster spot, but he had a nice spring with the stick, with three home runs and a .250/.382/.571 line (.954 OPS), convincing Boone that he can be a valuable piece.

By virtue of Voit’s injury, the Yankees’ first base depth is extremely thin, with Bruce expected to cover but not a lot of other options (shifting DJ LeMahieu there would alter the whole infield). If Tauchman shows he can be a capable first baseman, his playing time is sure to increase, at least in the first few weeks of the season.

A couple of weeks ago, the Yankees hadn’t approached Tauchman with the idea of playing first base, but he said to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he was open to the idea. It seems the Yankees monitored the news, as they are trying him there to see what they got.

New York Yankees: The latest injury updates on 8 Yankees

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The New York Yankees have had injuries in the spring and before, but have been relatively free of serious injuries that will keep players off the field for prolonged periods. The only serious injury is Luis Severino that was caused by his Tommy John Surgery at the beginning of last season. Here is a breakdown of the injuries and the latest updates for New York Yankee players and when fans could expect them back with the team.

Luis Severino:

On February 27, 2020, Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow. At the time, it was projected he would be away from the team until late summer 2021. That would include a few minor league rehab starts. But recently, manager Aaron Boone has updated his progress, say that he is doing better than expected in his rehab. Boone has actually caught a session from Severino. He is now expected to be back with the team sometime in mid-July.

Miguel Andujar:

Third baseman and outfielder Miguel Andujar has minor hand and wrist soreness that will keep him away from the team at the beginning of the season and with a difficult-to-diagnose injury, possibly beyond. After his poor showing in spring training, when he does come back, he will most likely be sent down to Scranton and won’t be used unless injuries require him.

Luke Voit:

The loss of last year’s baseball home run leader is one of the most significant injuries so far in the spring. Voit had knee surgery yesterday in New York. It was first noticed when he had trouble running the bases. An MRI revealed a partial meniscus tear. He is expected to be away from the team at least until the middle of May.

Justin Wilson:

Left-hand pitcher Justin Wilson was supposed to partially make of for the loss of Zack Britton; he left a March 22 outing with shoulder soreness and tightness. An MRI did not find any serious injury. He is on Anti-inflammatories but will miss the beginning of the season, which is on Thursday of this week. Wilson is progressing nicely and doesn’t want to be in the IL; however, general manager Brian Cashman announced yesterday that he would start the season on the 10 day IL. He will probably return when that expires.

Zack Britton:

It was discovered that left-hand reliever Zack Britton has a bone chip in his elbow. He underwent surgery to have it removed on March 15. There is conflicting information on when fans may expect him to return. Some say six weeks; others say two to three months. Based on the worst-case scenarios, he will be back with the team sometime before the end of June. CBS Sports reports that he won’t be back before May 28th.

Mike Tauchman:

Backup outfielder Mike Tauchman is suffering from a mild self-inflicted injury. Tauchman fouled a pitch off his lower right leg, near his calf, during an eight-pitch at-bat against Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler on Sunday. He is presently icing it down and taking anti-inflammatories. The injury is minor, but his readiness for opening day is questionable.

Clarke Schmidt:

The news on Clarke Schmidt’s elbow injury is not good. He experienced an extensor strain in his right elbow; it’s a common ailment and not long-term serious. Manager Aaron Boone said Thursday that Schmidt’s return to throwing could be “imminent.” However, no matter how minor, he will have to build back up for season play, and he is expected to be out until May 31 after being put on the 60-day IL on Saturday.

Aaron Judge:

Fans were wondering why Aaron Judge was not in yesterday’s New York Yankee’s game after also missing the game before. The good news is that there is nothing seriously wrong with the slugger. He is under the weather. He has gone through the COVID health protocols and has passed those. Both general manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone said he would be ready to start the season on Thursday. Other sources say that is questionable.



Yankees News: Aaron Judge illness update, Mike Tauchman trade calls

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees are currently ironing out their active roster, and injuries have forced them into a difficult situation. With starting first baseman Luke Voit hitting the injured list after receiving surgery to fix a partially torn meniscus, the Yanks elected to retain Jay Bruce, who will supplement the Voit’s loss over the next few weeks.

Bruce is also capable of playing in right field, as the Yankees currently have a dearth of outfield depth, including Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman. In fact, teams were inquiring about Tauchman’s availability, but general manager Brian Cashman fended them off, asking him for value that matches Mike’s 2019 production.

Mike Tauchman had plenty of suitors:

As for Mike Tauchman, Cashman said the outfielder “was never leaving unless I found a deal that made sense for him to leave.”

This spring, Tauchman is hitting .250 with three homers and four RBIs after struggling in 2020, failing to hit a HR, and recording a .242 average.

Aaron Judge update:

One potential concern was regarding slugger Aaron Judge, who has been feeling ill the last few days, missing several games. Judge is expected to be on the Opening Day roster, though, but fans certainly experienced a worry after missing the last two spring training games. Thankfully, Judge is simply under the weather, after testing negative for COVID-19, according to Cashman.

“Judge is going through the normal … [COVID-19] environment,” Cashman said during a Zoom call with reporters on Monday. “Any little issue that is conveyed, you kind of react [as if it is an emergency]. We just sent him through the protocols and thankfully, we eliminated all the stuff other than the fact that every now and then, you could come up with not feeling really well. But he is fine.”

Judge is looking to bounce back after a tough 2020 campaign, hitting .257 with nine homers and 22 RBIs. He only played in about half the available games, struggling with injury once again. The Yankees completely overhauled their strength and conditioning staff this off-season, hiring Erika Cressey to lead the way. Hopefully, he can mitigate significant injuries and keep the sluggers healthy by utilizing a more refined workout focusing on stamina rather than heavy weight lifting.

New York Yankees News: Deivi Garcia demoted, Cole on illegal substances and more

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees have removed one question from fan’s minds about who would be the anchor of the starting pitching rotation. It’s not going to be Deivi Garcia; he has been demoted to Scranton Wilkes/Barre. Garcia was considered an option for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. Although he was a consideration, with Domingo German being the best pitcher in spring training, it was doubtful that Garcia would make the 26 man roster and that fifth spot would go to German. With Garcia’s demotion, Domingo German now has a lock to anchor the rotation.

As I predicted, Garcia’s performance in the game against the Blue Jays sealed the deal. He was just terrible; he had no command of his pitches, giving up 7 hits and 4 runs while walking two in just three innings of work. He certainly did himself no favors in the competition for the anchor job. Now just two days later, the Yankees have responded with the demotion. However, for Deivi fans, not to worry. It will be a long 162 game season after a short 60 game season last year. The New York Yankees are going to need plenty of pitchers to get through the season. You can be sure you will see Garcia on the mound at some point.

Gerrit Cole says to leave it alone

Angels visiting clubhouse manager Brian “Bubba” Hawkins sued MLB and the Los Angels for defamation. The suit involved the use of unauthorized substances on baseballs. The suit was dismissed this past January. But during a hearing Yankee ace, Gerrit Cole’s name was mentioned. It was brought out that Cole allegedly texted Hawkins about supplying with an unknown substance that could be used on baseballs. As far as this writer knows, Cole has never been contacted by authorities.

Last night at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Cole faced the Toronto Blue Jays and pitched brilliantly for 5.2 innings, not allowing a run and giving up only 2 hits while striking out 5. After the game, he was questioned about the unknown substances:

“Probably not a whole lot of good is going to come from diving into that, so, {you} should just leave it alone.”

Cole also wasn’t interested in talking about the league’s plan to more closely watch what pitchers are putting on balls by using clubhouse monitors and advanced technology to see who might be cheating and what they’re using. He said that he had no thoughts on that.  Cole will be the Yankees Opening Day starter at Yankee Stadium when he will again face the Toronto Blue Jays next Thursday, April 1.

Yankees 26 man roster becoming clearer

The New York Yankees are coming down to the wire on weeding out the players that will not be needed on the 26 man roster. Some have already been reassigned; the most recent announcement was the demotion of Deivi Garcia. Garcia joins fellow pitchers Kyle Barraclough and Asher Wojciechowski. Most likely following them will be Nestor Cortes Jr., Luis Garcia, and Nick Goody. Jhoulys Chacin pitches today against the Blue Jays; how he performs will determine his fate. It is still very up in the air on the remainder, Michael King, Lucas Luetge, Tyler Lyons, and Nick Nelson.

As far as position players are concerned, Socrates Brito and Ryan LaMarre have already been reassigned. The situation for hitters is far less clear. Rob Brantly and Andrew Velazquez will probably be the next to go. As of today, the situation with Jay Bruce, Darren Dietrich is unclear but not looking good. As far as looking good, that seems to be reserved right now for Mike Tauchman and Tyler Wade, even though Wade made back-to-back throwing errors last night.

The biggest question in the last ten days was whether Jay Bruce or Mike Tauchman would survive the cuts. While Bruce started the spring hot, he has cooled as Tauchman has shown his worth in the same time period. Although many thought the Yankees would move on from Tyler Wade, that is not likely with his speed and ability to play at so many positions.

The last New York Yankee game of the spring will be on Monday against Detroit. Corey Kluber will pitch Sunday’s game against the Phillies. Opening Day will be Thursday, April 1, against the Toronto Blue Jays with Gerrit Cole on the mound. Most likely, on Wednesday, the final 26 man roster will be announced.


Yankees News: Mike Tauchman could be traded, outfield depth battling it out

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have a competitive position battle unfolding in the outfield, which has opened up the potential for a trade. Veteran outfielder Mike Tauchman could fit the bill, especially with the emergence of Jay Bruce and the retention of Brett Gardner. This spring training, Tauchman is hitting .269 with three homers and four RBIs. He has looked good over 29 plate-appearances but struggled in 2020 during the abbreviated campaign.

Last year, Mike hit .242 with zero homers and 14 RBIs, striking out 23.4% of his at-bats and recording his first negative WAR since 2018.

SNY’s Andy Martino stated that the Yankees have been fielding offers for OF Mike Tauchman:

The Yankees have been receiving trade interest in outfielder Mike Tauchman, and are valuing him at his 2019 levels of production, according to league sources.

The most interesting aspect of this proposal is that the Yankees are valuing him based on his 2019 production when he hit .277 with 13 homers and 47 RBI’s, his best season by far over four years. Of course, the Yankees are looking at him at his peak, so they can try and extract as much value as possible. If I were an alternative club, I would be averaging out the 2019 and 20 seasons, looking at him in more of a realistic light.

The concept of trading Tauchman makes sense, especially with a plethora of OF options — Bruce, Derek Deitrich, etc.

Bruce started off the spring looking like a sure-fire active roster invite but has since tumbled back down to earth, currently hitting .194 with two homers and three RBIs. Last season, Bruce produced similar numbers in terms of average, landing at .198 with six home runs and 14 RBIs with the Philadelphia Phillies. The one positive that Bruce does bring to the team as he is historically a double-digit HR hitter, and we know how the Yankees love acquiring players that produce in that category.

Deitrich, on the other hand, is hitting .167, far worse than Bruce, with vastly less slugging production. I feel as though we can confidently say that Dietrich will likely not make the roster, but Bruce is teetering on the edge. I could see the Yankees sticking with Tauchman and letting both go or retaining one of them to their minor-league site.

New York Yankees are reportedly receiving trade interest on one of their outfielders

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

With the New York Yankees expected to have a four-man bench, they are approaching decision-making time. On February 13th, they signed outfielder/first baseman Jay Bruce to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

The deal, however, has an opt-out clause due today, March 25. If Bruce activates it, the Yankees have a couple of days to add him to the roster or release him. A decision, therefore, is expected later today.

What Bruce and the Yankees decide will have repercussions on the rest of the roster, as four men are currently fighting for two spots. Backup catcher Kyle Higashioka and reserve outfielder Brett Gardner are pretty much roster locks, leaving a couple of sports to Bruce, Mike Tauchman, Tyler Wade, and Derek Dietrich.

If they end up keeping Bruce, the New York Yankees could shop Tauchman, the most desirable asset of the foursome, to other teams.

The Yankees could move Tauchman

In fact, SNY’s Andy Martino reported on Thursday morning that the Yankees are “receiving trade interest” on Tauchman, who had a bad season in 2020 but had a 128 wRC+ and 13 homers in limited action during the 2019 campaign, boasting elite outfield defense.

Martino added that the Yankees are “valuing him at his 2019 levels of production,” not his poor 2020, implying that they won’t give him away for nothing.

Per the writer, the asking price could be “a controllable reliever or another piece of real value.”

Bruce started the spring hitting 4-for-6, but has been a bit cold since. Dietrich also has a low average but has worked plenty of walks. Wade is the only one who can play shortstop on the roster besides Gleyber Torres, so he should get one of the two spots.

Expect a decision to come in the next few hours, as the Yankees try to trim their roster.

Yankees: Mike Tauchman is making a strong push for a roster spot

Mike Tauchman, New York Yankees

Four New York Yankees players are currently battling for a couple of spots in the team bench to start the season. The Bombers are expected to open the 2021 campaign with a four-man bench, and backup catcher Kyle Higashioka and outfielder Brett Gardner have two spots pretty much locked up.

That leaves a couple of spots for outfielders Jay Bruce and Mike Tauchman and infielders Derek Dietrich and Tyler Wade. The Yankees have a difficult decision to make in the upcoming days, and Bruce can opt out of his deal on March 25.

Tauchman is viewed as a flawed batter and didn’t have a good 2020 defensively, either. However, last season represented a tiny sample, and the Yankees know that. He could attract suitors in the trade market, but the Bombers shouldn’t give him away. In fact, he is making a late push for one of the remaining roster spots.

With a home run yesterday, Tauchman’s spring line is now .269/.345/.615, with three bombs and a .960 OPS. He worked hard over the winter to improve and leave behind a .242/.342/.305 performance last year.

He was very good for the Yankees in 2019

It’s easy to forget just how good Tauchman was for the Yankees in 2019, a much larger sample of his ability. Yes, you could say he was a bit lucky, but he hit .277/.361/.504 with 13 homers and a 128 wRC+ in 296 plate appearances.

More importantly, he was among the best defenders in the game, with 19 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and 9 Outs Above Average (OAA.) At this point, and given his strong spring, it would be surprising if the Yankees don’t give him a spot on the Opening Day roster.

“I feel strongly that I’m in a better position to have success this year,” Tauchman told The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler on Wednesday. He is an excellent defensive outfielder capable of covering center field, athletic, speedy, and with some offensive upside. At this point, he should be one of the favorites to land one of those last bench spots for the Yankees.