Yankees trade Albert Abreu talks about biggest organizational failures

It’s the New York Yankee Way: hold on to a lead/asset far too long to see its value depreciate, or finally get rid of it when it’s obvious it’s figuring it out or knocking it down.

Last year fans saw the Yankees unplug Luis Cessa, Tyler Wade, Gio Urshela, Mike Tauchman, Gary Sánchez, Joely Rodriguez, Luke Voit and Albert Abreu, all of whom represent varying degrees of the team’s failures in the talent management.

In Cessa and Wade’s case, they’re in the same boat as Abreu – the three were uninteresting players for YEARS and finally found their footing in 2021. Instead of using them as assets for the rest of the year and beyond, all have been traded, starting with Cessa at last year’s deadline and Wade and Abreu this offseason.

Were all three intrinsic to the team’s success? Not at all. Have they finally proven that they can handle the production and take on an indispensable role? It certainly seemed to be going in that direction.

And for some reason, that’s when the Yankees decided to pull the plug, which speaks to organizational failures over the years with roster personnel. It’s not new.

Abreu ultimately became a victim because he ran out of minor league options, but others might also forget that the Yankees had to trade for a receiver because they used Sánchez to help fill their gap. shortstop position, which then created a gap behind the plate. .

Yankees trading Albert Abreu talks about team roster failures.

Kyle Higashioka leaving? OK, no reason not to go all the way. Ben Rortvedt, a man we’ve never heard of, taking on backup duties after coming in the trade with the Twins? This is the plan? Oh, so he gets hurt…and there’s no other reliable option besides Rob Brantly?

Because of this, Abreu was sent to Rangers for Jose Trevino, who will likely be Higgy’s replacement in 2022, since, you know, he has over 39 games of MLB experience (sorry, Rortvedt). And it’s also not like the bullpen is overflowing with enough talent/arms. The Yankees had to trade from an area they have yet to address to fix an area they purposely exhausted.

The “out of options” thing doesn’t carry much weight either. The Yankees just needed relievers to eat innings, not everyone needed to be a high-leveraged contributor. And outside of Abreu’s two disastrous outings in 2021 (total 0.2 innings pitched and 11 earned runs against the Rays and Guardians), he proved to be a useful arm with a blazing fastball and eventually started. to show their potential at the big league level. .

Will his departure hurt the team? Probably not. But then why keep it since 2017 and trade it just when it’s seemingly starting to become its own?

Or, even worse, why choose to see him almost to the end after giving the Astros Brian McCann in that trade, which helped them win a World Series, and then pretty much wave the white flag by treating Abreu for a backup catcher with a career .634 OPS?

Saturday’s trade is not what should be considered a failure. It was the whole process/thinking that ultimately led to it.

Aubrey L. Morgan