The Yankees have two, long-overdue roster moves that need to be made

It is really difficult to find flaws in a team that is 50-25 and went almost half of their season without losing three games in a row, but the Yankees do have a few roster spots that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. The Yankees should not be sweating over this losing streak as they just were on the unfortunate side of some close games, but every game matters as the Red Sox are tied with them on top of the division and the Yankees do not want to win 95+ games and have their season possibly end by the means of a one game playoff. With that being said, when there are problems that need to be fixed on a roster, they should be addressed when necessary and two spots in particular need to be addressed: Chasen Shreve and Neil Walker
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Chasen Shreve
The only other lefty in the pen besides Aroldis Chapman, Shreve has been horrendous as of late as his ERA is now north of five, and he has been causing Yankees’ fans déjà vu of Tyler Clippard last season. Shreve started off the season only allowing one run in April, but has been terrible since, as he has had four outings where he has allowed multiple runs. Since May 23, Shreve has an ERA of 10.13, has allowed four home runs, and let 100% of inherited runners score. It doesn’t get much worse than that over a month span, and the Yankees cannot keep running him out there simply because he is out of options and throws with his left arm. Shreve has had a higher OPS allowed against lefties this season then righties by almost .200 points, so the label of a lefty specialist is absolutely preposterous at this point in time.

The Yankees have a few ways they can go about this. They can straight up DFA him or try to seek out a trade and see if they can get anything of value for a pitcher who posted respectable numbers in 2017 and 2015. He cannot be sent down due to his lack of options. Whatever the Yankees decide to do, they have plenty of options for who could replace Shreve. Cody Carrol, JP Feyereisen, and Tommy Kahnle are all options at Triple-A and have solid numbers. If they want a second southpaw in the bullpen, the Yankees will likely need to seek one out on the market, but Shreve is currently useless in this role, so keeping him in it is simply not amounting to any sort of advantage for the Yankees.

Photo Credit: AP

Neil Walker
I was a huge fan of the Neil Walker signing, when the Yankees inked him as a veteran insurance option for the infield. I was also very patient with him through the season’s first few months because he did not have a spring training and, at times, has had sporadic playing time. However, with the calendar flipping to July and much better options awaiting at Scranton, his time in pinstripes should be coming to an end.

Walker saw his average and OPS fall to .192 and .539 respectively after today’s game and was even PH for in favor of Clint Frazier in the ninth. His ability to play first, second, and third and his veteran presence have helped keep him around to this point. However, with Brandon Drury absolutely raking at Triple-A, and even Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes appearing to be better utility options at this point, Walker should be on the hot seat and on his way out, if there is not a dramatic turnaround soon. Drury has started playing first base at Scranton, which is one of the reasons Walker has been coveted because of the positions he could play. Their fielding isn’t a deal breaker, but Drury’s bat and youth would be a welcomed addition over the year-long slumping of Walker. If Drury were to come up and just hit to his career .766 OPS mark, he would be a dramatic upgrade. A player with a -0.9 WAR and only a little over two-million dollars left on his salary should not be guaranteed a position on the team.

Walker and Shreve are not going to jeopardize the Yankees' season, and odds are, the Yankees will continue to stick with them for at least the near future. However, on a roster without a lot of holes, these are two positions in particular, that I believe, are needing a change. Our very own Jake Graziano will be discussing Shreve in more detail in an article posted tomorrow. 

Article by: Ryan Thoms


Popular posts from this blog

Introducing Bronx Bomber Bets: BBBets 9/23

An Unofficial Guide to Food Options at Yankee Stadium

Frankie Crosetti: “King of Rings”