The New York Yankees announced today that they have acquired LHP Wandy Peralta and a player to be named later from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for OF Mike Tauchman.
Prior to tonight's game, the Yankees recalled INF/OF Tyler Wade (#14).
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 27, 2021
As noted, Tyler Wade concurrently steps back into the Yankees locker room for the evening. Peralta will need to clear protocol to join the team, but should do so by the weekend series against Detroit. It’s a surprise move for most fans, but one that makes sense given the Yankees active roster.
Destined to be traded in Spring Training, nothing materialized for Tauchman until now. While a versatile outfielder and another lefty bat off the bench, he’s struck out six times in 16 PAs with only one XBH. That’s not good enough to warrant a spot in an already struggling Yankees lineup. The now Giant is also out of minor league options.
For now, Tyler Wade makes for an easy like-for-like change to paper over the cracks in Tauchman’s absence. The speedster only started one game this season, a 10-5 home loss to the Rays, going 1-3 with a run scored. He’ll fill the hatchet man role left by Tauchman.
The Trade’s Impact
Another lefty arm, and one with a precious minor league option, Peralta joins a crowded ‘pen in the Bronx following the trade. In 10 appearances for the Giants this season, Peralta is sub-replacement level at -0.1 WAR. He has a plus fastball, topping out at 96.6 MPH, also mixing in sliders and changeups. However, Yankees fans shouldn’t expect to see him in high leverage situations any time soon. Since 2020, according to FanGraphs, Peralta has faced 15 batters in these such situations and suffered seven hits and 6 ER.
Overall, it’s a trade of opportunity for Brian Cashman. Yankees starters not named Gerrit Cole or Jordan Montgomery only completed six innings once. Hence, the bullpen needs more arms. Peralta can provide cover for the Yankees until Zack Britton returns from injury and spend time in Scranton if needed.
Just as with Tauchman following his sub-par 2020, Yankees fans shouldn’t come to expect much of Peralta, but he should at least make more of an impact. Fingers crossed for those same fans it’s a good one.