3. Cashman will make moves
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t make every move the Yankee fan base wants to see, but no one can accuse him of inactivity. If he sees a weakness in this team he won’t be afraid to make a move to solidify it.
That doesn’t mean he’s going to wait until the trade deadline either. If a starting pitcher goes down then he won’t hesitate to make a play for Dallas Keuchel in free agency. The Yankees don’t want to be put in that position, but it’s an illustration of Cashman’s willingness to strengthen the roster when circumstances require action.
At the very least, he’s going to continue to work around the edges of the roster to give this team the best chance to win. Trading for Mike Tauchman just before the end of Spring Training doesn’t look like a great move at the moment, but it proves the organization wasn’t content to hand the job to a somewhat limited player like Tyler Wade.
A transaction later this year could easily give the Yankees a big boost. Remember how important Luke Voit was down the stretch in 2018. If Cashman can acquire that sort of player for Chasen Shreve there’s no telling what sort of return he can get for a quality prospect.