11:53 am: The Yankees have officially selected Bruce to the 40-man roster. Right handed Clarke schmidt He was placed on the 60-day disabled list (elbow) in a corresponding move. Also, the guests who do not belong to the list Robinson Chirinos and Derek Dietrich they have been released from their minor league contracts. They are both now free agents.
11:14 am: Yankees plan to select outfielder / first baseman contract Jay bruce, YES Network’s Jack Curry reports (Twitter link). The veteran slugger had been to the camp as an off-list guest. New York is also expected to maintain Mike tauchman, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). At the very least, the Yankees don’t plan to expose the Tauchman out of options to waivers, says SNY’s Andy Martino (Twitter link), although a trade could still be a possibility.
Expected starting first baseman Luke voit will start the year on the disabled list, ESPN’s Marly Rivera was the first to report. Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed that Voit suffered a torn meniscus in his knee and will undergo surgery. You will be banned from baseball activities for the next three weeks (via Erik Boland of Newsday). New York hopes Voit will return “considerably before“June, said Boone (via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com), but it seems possible that the reigning home run champion will be out of action in May. Meanwhile, Bruce will be New York’s main first baseman, Hoch relays.
The Yankees will have to officially add Bruce to the 40-man roster before Opening Day. The 33-year-old has hit with a lot of power, but has struggled to get to base in recent years, combining to a .212 / .259 / .510 line with 32 home runs in 436 plate appearances since the start. 2019. That kind of game production would be a sharp drop for Voit, who posted a record of .277 / .338 / .610 last year.
Bruce will at least offer a left-handed bat to help balance a right-handed lineup. Tauchman also offers a left-handed bat off the bench, and is capable of playing anywhere in the outfield. It will be limited to the service reservation behind Aaron judge, Aaron Hicks, Clint frazier and Brett gardner, assuming it is not negotiated. The 30-year-old has aroused great interest in the league.