We have impending cuts all over Major League Baseball with the rosters shortening from 30 to 28 players, but who will the Yankees be cutting?
Every single team in Major League Baseball is set to face two rounds of cuts to their active rosters this coming Thursday (Aug. 3). Fourteen days after opening day, all rosters are set to diminish from 30 to 28 men. Because of the potential coronavirus scare amongst the Philadelphia Phillies because of their series against the Miami Marlins, the Yankees were given a few extra days off as they were set to play the series after. That being said they did not get enough use out of the extra players that they anticipated. Let us examine some Yankee players that may very well head to their training site in Scranton, PA.
It was a bit of a shock when the Yankees elected to carry more position players to start the 60 game season. However, since the Yanks sent Clint Frazier to Scranton, and designated Chris Iannetta for assignment, that number of position guys has narrowed down. The reason for this you might ask? The answer is clear. The Yankees wanted to add more arms to their active roster.
An additional cutback on the position player side is likely. Two players that come to mind are both Tyler Wade and Thairo Estrada because they still have minor league options available. Wade has been an important piece thus far for the Bombers almost every game by either pinch-running or filling in for someone defensively. Wade is also ahead of Estrada on their depth chart, as Estrada has only been in one game and had one at-bat. It may be in his favor to be sent down to Scranton so he can consistently get at-bats every day.
Two thumpers who have the possibility of being demoted are Miguel Andujar and Mike Ford. However, they have a higher chance of sticking with the big league club than Wade and Estrada. Both have just two games under their belt this year and that has to do with the fact that Giancarlo Stanton, Luke Voit, and Gio Urshela are playing some terrific ball. With Brett Gardner off to an extremely slow start, Andujar may be given more opportunities in left field.
As soon as the Yankees lost to the defending champion Washington Nationals on the second day of the season, GM Brian Cashman optioned Frazier and Ben Heller down to Scranton for two young arms in Nick Nelson and Brooks Kriske. In Kriske’s first MLB start he let up one walk and struck out two batters while giving up zero runs over one inning. During the Yankees’ final exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies, he also struck out two over a scoreless inning pitched. Kriske has made quite an impression on the Yankees as they may look at him to take on bigger roles as the season goes on. Nelson has been another key contributor for the Yanks as well by pitching three innings and recording four strikeouts and zero runs. In the minors, he was considered a starting pitcher but it seems as of right now that the Yankees are going to utilize him as a reliever.
Because Tommy Kahnle is set to get Tommy John surgery and Aroldis Chapman is not quite ready, the Yankees know that pitching is the bigger priority. Especially when they already have a stacked offense. However, it is up to Cashman as he will have to decide the two players to cut this week. There are players on the team that has options that would be sent to Scranton, but that might not be the best idea for the Yankees going forward. Since the season is so young, Cashman will have to judge the players on their performances for the rest of this week.