Tuesday, June 7, 2022


Not sure you saw all the names popping around. Yes, the Yankees are doing really well, but not only that, stocking some extra guys in the minors that they clearly think could help the team as well has never hurt either.  I wanted to break them down for you, cause, the names are not only recognizable, but they also still have some talent attached to them.

Jake Bauers: This is the newest of the acquisitions. NJ.com writes of Bauers: "Bauers, 26, has played parts of three seasons in the majors leagues with the Rays, Cleveland and the Mariners. He’s a career .213 hitter in the majors with a .655 OPS. He’s played mostly first base and left field in the bigs."

Now here's the thing. Bauers is a minor leaguer. He will see action there, and if they need him at any point, they can call him up and you would hope he could make an impact. What has he done recently? Not much: "Bauers hit .135 with three home runs, 12 RBI and a .547 OPS in 29 games at Triple-A Louisville this season. Bauers hit .099 with two bombs in 21 games since getting off the injured list May 4. He hasn’t played in the majors this year."

Bauers is my least favorite pickup.

Shane Greene:  Yup, if you didn't know, now you know, Shane Greene is back. When it comes to Greene, Sports Illustrated writes: "After his promising rookie year, Greene was shipped to Detroit in the three-team deal that sent shortstop Didi Gregorius from Arizona to the Yankees.

Greene quickly transitioned from a starter to a reliever. In his fourth season with the Tigers, he recorded 32 saves. The next year, Greene was an American League All-Star before he was traded to the Braves at the deadline. From there, Greene spent three seasons in Atlanta before ending up with the Dodgers. In 2022, the right-hander pitched seven times in Triple-A Oklahoma City with Los Angeles, making just one appearance in a Dodgers uniform.

Greene, 33, elected free agency on May 22. The Yankees swooped in..."

Greene is a minor league guy right now, but I expect to see him as the season progresses. I really do.

And then of course there's Greg Bird. NJ.com writes:

"Bird can hold his head high with his performance during the streak. Per RailRiders PR:

He has gone 10 for 27 with two home runs and four doubles during this stretch. Prior to this streak, Bird’s longest hit streak was three which lasted from May 3 to May 6. After batting .149 in 15 games in the month of April, he’s batting .246 in 16 games in the month of May. 2022 is the fourth season Bird has appeared for the RailRiders. The most games he ever played for SWB was 34 back in 2015 (currently at 31 in 2022)."

If Bird can continue to figure out his hitting, I see big things. Wouldn't it be great to see Bird come back up, be hot in pinstripes and come full circle.

So what do you think? Can these guys help or will they hurt? Will they make it back up to the bigs or will they just fade away. I personally think the Yankees made some smart moves... and now we wait and see what happens next. Stay tuned.

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