1. Not getting rid of Jonathan Loaisiga in favor of someone else in the bullpen
Most of the Yankees’ bullpen has been decent on the season or at least recently. Even Aroldis Chapman has been much better recently … but Jonathan Loaisiga has not. In fact, has struggled for much of the season.
On the season, Loaisiga has appeared in 29 games and he has a 6.57 ERA. Since he returned from the IL on July 14, he has a 5.63 ERA in 11 appearances. He even has a minor league option if they want to keep him as depth in the minors but the Yankees need to have their best relievers in the bullpen and right now, Loaisiga is not one of them.
The Yankees have plenty of options to turn to as well. The Yankees just sent Ron Marinaccio down in Triple-A, despite having a 2.03 ERA in 23 games in the majors. Jose Mujíca (who appeared in the majors in a pair of games for Colorado in 2020) has a 3.97 ERA in 23 games at Triple-A. Luke Bard is already on the 40-man roster after the Yankees claimed him off waivers from Tampa. He had a 1.93 ERA with Tampa Bay in eight games in the majors. Shane Greene (who was on the Yankees earlier this year) is also in Triple-A. Richard Rodríguez has more than four years of MLB service time.
The Yankees have plenty of options in the minors and some that could help them later this season on the IL (e.g. Zack Britton) but Loaisiga isn’t getting the job done and in a big spot, he could cost the Yankees their playoff seeding or even a playoff game.