Ballpark Sports Shop, across from Yankee Stadium
Joseph Abbadi, of Ballpark Sport Shop explains the ups and downs of the business. Abbadi, who manages the store across from Yankee Stadium, is a third generation employee of the family owned store. Monday, October 4, 2021
Kevin R. Wexler, NorthJersey.com
NEW YORK – Developed by the Yankees as a versatile utility player, Tyler Wade has moved on from the Bronx.
After designating Wade for assignment Friday, the Yankees traded the lefty hitter Monday to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Wade, who turns 27 on Tuesday and hails from Southern California, is in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
The departure of Wade signals that the Yankees might intend to use Gio Urshela or DJ LeMahieu as their all-purpose infielder, drawing starts at several positions.
Urshela, in particular, could be that weapon due to his ability to handle shortstop – a position the Yankees are seeking to upgrade in a big way.
Still, the Yankees would probably need to add another base-stealing threat to boost an area weakened by Wade’s departure.
Free agents Corey Seager and Marcus Semien are viewed as top targets and the best fits for the Yankees, with Seager’s potent lefty bat and Semien’s power, leadership skills and ability to switch to second base down the line.
The Yankees are also seeking a starting pitcher and they’re exploring options at first base, center field and catcher.
Along with Wade last week, the Yankees also designated disappointing and oft-injured outfielder Clint Frazier and veteran lefty-hitting second baseman Rougned Odor.
A fourth-round draft pick by the Yankees in 2013, Wade never quite transitioned into the “Ben Zobrist-type’’ player the club envisioned, batting .212 over parts of five MLB seasons.
But he was also never given much of a sustained opportunity, and his speed and defensive versatility – including the ability to play the corner outfield spots – often made him more valuable coming off the bench for manager Aaron Boone.
This year, Wade batted .268 (34-for-127) with 17 stolen bases in 103 games.
Pete Caldera is the Yankees beat writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Yankees analysis, news, trades and more, please subscribe today and download our app.