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3 Yankees Players Least Likely to Still Be on the Roster by the End of 2020

By michael obermuller
Clint Frazier is among the Yankees most likely to play elsewhere after 2020.
Clint Frazier is among the Yankees most likely to play elsewhere after 2020. / David Maxwell/Getty Images
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In an organization as stacked with depth as the New York Yankees currently are, there are always going to be hard choices for management. The Yanks and general manager Brian Cashman are no strangers to these decisions, but it doesn't make them any less challenging when they come about.

With stars like Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, and Gary Sanchez owed a payday in the near future, plus long-term money already invested in Giancarlo Stanton, Gerrit Cole, and Aaron Hicks, not everyone will keep their pinstripes. Some could even see their time with the Yankees end as soon as the new year, and here are three likely candidates.

3. Tyler Wade

Wade has been a team player for the Yankees, but eventually he'll have to worry about himself.
Wade has been a team player for the Yankees, but eventually he'll have to worry about himself. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The on-again off-again utility player for the Bombers has struggled to stay with the major league club, but he might have more success on a team with less of a logjam of talent. Tyler Wade is a versatile defender that has some speed and proven AAA ability, but he's running out of opportunities with New York. There are too many other players for the Yankees to worry about retaining, and with only one minor league option remaining on his contract, the 25-year-old Wade may be forced to try to live up to his potential elsewhere

2. Clint Frazier

Frazier's defensive issues have affected his overall game, and he may be needed more as a trade chip.
Frazier's defensive issues have affected his overall game, and he may be needed more as a trade chip. / Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Clint Frazier has shown loads of talent at the plate during his time in pinstripes, but poor defense and circumstance have always gotten in the way of any continued success at the major league level. Rumored to be on the trade block in 2019 as well, Frazier is still the Yanks most valuable trade chip that they could also afford to lose. Don't expect Brian Cashman to shy away from using this asset to his advantage, especially while injuries have left the Yankees needing help at other positions.

1. Adam Ottavino

2020 could be Ottavino's last year as a Yankee.
2020 could be Ottavino's last year as a Yankee. / Elsa/Getty Images

Adam Ottavino is under contract until 2022, but his contract may end up exceeding his value to the team. Leaned on in 2019, Ottavino was key for the Yankees early on, but faltered towards the end of a long season of use. A strong ERA and strikeout rate hid some troubling numbers, including a 4.09 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA), 14.1 walk percentage, and 4.32 xFIP. Turning 35 this fall, Ottavino's durability and consistently could continue to decline in 2020, making him a candidate for the Yankees to eventually cut ties with.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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