BOSTON – Joey Gallo came off without a hitting in four batting appearances in the Yankees’ 6-2 loss to the Red Sox in the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday. And its overall production after acquiring it from Texas just before the trade deadline has been disappointing to say the least.
Gallo – who hit 0.160 for the Yankees and struck out nearly half of his batting hits – is not in the hot seat. Not yet anyway.
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The 29-year-old has yet another year in control of the squad, and the Yankees are unlikely to give up on that, especially because they’re in love with his left power stunt and the way they think he is. should attack the right field of Yankee Stadium small porch. Not to mention that they sent four prospects to Texas. So his offensive weakness probably won’t earn him a trip out of the Bronx this offseason.
But here are 12 Yankees who could be in the hot seat:
Aaron Boone, director
Boone’s four-year contract expires at the end of the season. His tenure did not win a World Series title, and the club appeared to be taking a step back in 2020. Cashman and the players publicly supported the 48-year-old, but his predecessor Joe Girardi was canned after the loss of Game 7 in the AL Championship Series in 2017.
Marcus Thames, PJ Pilittere, hitting coaches
The Yankees offense has largely underperformed. Scheduled to be among the best in the game, he was tied for 19th overall (711) scored and 13th in OPS (0.729). No one was complaining when the Yankees offense was among the league’s best under pair in 2018 and 2019, but baseball is fickle.
Corey Kluber, RHP
The Yankees gave Kluber $ 11 million and he gave them 16 starts, one of them a glorious no-hit and many others that were just mediocre. Kluber isn’t the guy who’s won two Cy Youngs at this point in his career. The Yankees need an upgrade in the rotation alongside Gerrit Cole. They shouldn’t trust Kluber anymore.
Gary Sanchez, C.
Who started behind the plate in the Yankees’ last game of the 2021 season? It wasn’t Sanchez. For the second straight year in the playoffs, the Yankees faced Kyle Higashioka’s defense against Sanchez and his ridged bat. Sanchez earned $ 6.3 million through wage arbitration in 2021. It is set to increase next year. Are the Yankees really going to pay him again?
Rough odor, 2B / 3B
The smell (.202, .665 OPS, 102 games) just wasn’t good overall with the Yankees, who acquired it from the Rangers ahead of the season and hoped they would get a steal. They do not have. Texas is still paying the rest of Odor’s contract until 2022, which means it doesn’t count as a dime of the Yankees’ luxury tax threshold. That means the Yankees are likely to keep it, but they could definitely use an upgrade over someone who’s just inexpensive.
Luke Sees, 1B
When Voit is healthy, he rakes. The problem: he had a hard time staying healthy. The Yankees can’t come into 2022 expecting Voit, the owner of a barking left knee, to be able to handle the workload of a starter. Plus, Voit might want to leave given how the Yankees pushed him aside. Maybe this all means re-signing Anthony Rizzo.
Miguel Andujar, UTL
Where would Andujar play in a good Yankees team? He’s not a good left fielder, third or first baseman, and Giancarlo Stanton holds the spot in DH. The Yankees should have traded him a long time ago.
Estevan Florial, OF
Florial’s offensive production didn’t improve much at Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. Look, Florial still has all kinds of talent and the coaches love how hard he works. But it might be time to wonder if Florial will ever be able to hit top pitchers in the minor leagues, let alone big league pitchers. (We reserve the right to act as if we never wrote this in the first place, since someone with Florial’s abilities could break out at any time.)
Clint Frazier, OF
See: Andujar, Miguel. Frazier ended the season injured, struggling with dizziness and vision problems. It was after a terrible 2021 campaign. Maybe Frazier would be better off in a change of scenery situation. The Yankees need a center fielder, but he can’t play it full time.
Brett Gardner, FROM
He touched .222 with 10 homers, 39 RBIs and .680 OPS in 140 games. The Yankees wanted Gardner, 38, to be the team’s fourth outfielder, but Aaron Hicks had to undergo surgery to repair a torn tendon sheath on his wrist, ending his season and returning Gardner to the post of departure. The Yankees aren’t expected to enter 2022 relying on Garner’s aging to be the everyday starting outfielder, and they won’t. But will they keep him as a fourth or fifth outfielder?
Aaron Hicks, FROM
Hicks is expected to be in good health in spring training, but his seven-year, $ 70 million contract extension heading into the 2019 season doesn’t look so good right now.
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