Let’s begin by mentioning the unlikelihood of even arriving at this juncture in the Yankees’ Jay Bruce saga. Primarily based on this staff’s latest historical past, on this species’ distant historical past, didn’t you assume somebody would get injured and render the “Bruce versus Mike Tauchman saga” moot?
Because the clock hurtled towards midnight Thursday into Friday, nonetheless, the Yankees, their place gamers totally wholesome, confronted a name because of the phrases of the settlement they negotiated with Bruce final month: They both had so as to add Bruce to their 40-man roster by that midnight deadline or, barring that, launch him or make him out there to the opposite 29 golf equipment over the subsequent 48 hours, till Saturday midnight into Sunday.
Barring a late-breaking growth of an harm lastly occurring or a staff dramatically rising its commerce supply for Tauchman, the Yankees appeared set to certainly alert the remainder of the business that Bruce was theirs for the taking, on the $1.5 million wage written in his contract. The White Sox, having misplaced studly younger outfielder Eloy Jimenez to a horrible harm (ruptured left pectoral tendon) and with out a longtime designated hitter, stand as an apparent staff to eye. Their supervisor Tony La Russa managed the Cardinals for the primary 4 years (2008 via 2011) of Bruce’s arrival and rise with the rival Reds, and their bench coach Miguel Cairo, the previous Yankee and Met, performed alongside Bruce in Cincinnati from 2010 via 2012.
So in case you’re a Yankees fan who has dreamed of Bruce poking homers over the right-field wall in The Bronx, you’ll be able to now deal with your self to nightmares of him doing so for the visiting membership in October. In fact, the choice worst-case situation can be seeing Tauchman, with 4 years of staff management left, head elsewhere as an alternative of Bruce and proving his 2019 small pattern to be no fluke as Aaron Hicks stays injury-prone and Brett Gardner retires after this 12 months.
Name it the draw back of excellent staff well being.
The soon-to-be-34-year-old Bruce strung collectively a .400/.471/.867 slash line in his first seven Grapefruit League video games, providing hope that he was able to rebound after an injury-prone, three-year stretch for the whole thing of the $39 million Sandy Alderson assured him for the Mets again in January 2018. Alas, as he laid low Thursday, awaiting his destiny, his numbers had dropped to .194/.242/.419. He went hitless in his final 16 at-bats, hanging out seven instances, and that tiny pattern mixed with the far better 2018-20 pattern made it awfully troublesome to justify jettisoning the out-of-options Tauchman for no or little return in favor of Bruce.
Sure, Bruce may be a greater match than Tauchman for the 2021 Yankees, who lack a real backup first baseman (though we all know beginning second baseman DJ LeMahieu can deal with the place adequately when Luke Voit wants a blow) and nonetheless make use of Gardner, who is basically the previous Uncle Nicky to Tauchman’s younger Uncle Nicky in case you’re a “This Is Us” fan. But he won’t, and if the Yankees received’t contemplate beginning the season with 14 place gamers and 12 pitchers slightly than 13 and 13 — their April schedule options solely 4 days off, and also you may need heard that golf equipment are involved about their pitchers ramping up from a 60-game calendar to 162 — then that is the place they stand.
These are what sports activities people name good choices, these born of abundance slightly than shortages. They however can convey their very own stage of ache and paranoia. Will the White Sox chunk on Bruce? Will a Nationwide League membership view him as a high quality bench and clubhouse man and reap the advantages? Or will this show a lot ado about just about nothing? We’ll get the outcomes of this roster name quickly sufficient, with the understanding that the results will take longer.