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Breaking News: Tyler Wade is Back!

Jeff Passan announced earlier today that the New York Yankees have acquired Tyler Wade from the Angels! I AM SO EXCITED!

 

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Tyler Wade's 2022 Stats:

In 67 games with the Los Angeles Angels this year, Tyler Wade has hit to a .218/.272/.272 (.544 OPS/56 OPS+/57wRC+) extended triple-slash line. For extra-base hits, he had just 1 home run and 5 doubles along with 8 RBI's. It's nothing good, to be fair.


It's clear that the Yankees are not acquiring Tyler Wade for his offense. He's never been even an average offensive player. However, he has been a good fielder in his career and the Yankees could certainly use some help at shortstop.


IKF is tied for the 2nd most errors by a shortstop this season (11) and he's been a bit lacking of the expectations that we had for him this season. Marwin Gonzalez is also not the preferred option to play back-up shortstop (though his bat has been very good), and the Yankees have tried the Gleyber Torres shortstop experiment enough to know he's a full-time second baseman now. (And, moving him now is not going to help him during his resurgent year.) Tyler Wade will likely serve as the back-up shortstop option going forward.


Additionally, the Yankees have been having lots of problems on the base-paths this year and in especially in recent games. If you look at it on the surface, Tyler Wade has 8 stolen bases to 5 caught stealings this year. However, there is one thing you can't teach: speed. Tyler Wade is in the 92nd percentile in sprint speed in the MLB this year, and he's tied for 38th by sprint speed (29.0 feet/second). Meanwhile the next fastest Yankee- ironically IKF- is 78th by sprint speed (28.5 feet/second) and is 84th percentile on sprint speed.


I was convinced this was going to be Tyler Wade's breakout year when he was traded for a PTBNL to the Los Angeles Angels. You can read my post about it, here. Though, long-story short, I think Tyler Wade is the perfect utility player for a team. He's energetic, he can play anywhere, he seems to have a great clubhouse presence, and he's familiar with the Yankees organization.



Welcome back, Tyler Wade!


I'm PUMPED!


8 Comments


Philip Cashier
Philip Cashier
Jul 14, 2022

The Yanks can get to the AS Break with only 12 pitchers, but after that I'm sure they go back to 13, so which position player is the permanent man out for Wade? Carpenter of Mar-Gon?

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Philip Cashier
Philip Cashier
Jul 14, 2022
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thank you for that explanation.

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damont
Jul 14, 2022

Can the Angels make Wade the PTBNL in the earlier Wade trade? :-D :-D

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fuster
Jul 14, 2022

Wade will help fill the vital pinch-running slot


also be good to have available for after they trade Volpe and Peraza

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Ethan Semendinger
Ethan Semendinger
Jul 14, 2022

https://twitter.com/BryanHoch/status/1547622497318625281


So, it looks like Tyler Wade is headed to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the time being, according to Bryan Hoch. From his tweet: "Tyler Wade makes the #Yankees “a better team today than we were yesterday,” Brian Cashman said, noting the depth and multi-position capability he provides. Wade will report to @swbrailriders"

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Cary Greene
Cary Greene
Jul 14, 2022
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"Andrew"

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