3) Matt Carpenter is proving Brian Cashman wrong with the San Diego Padres
Matt Carpenter caught lightning in a bottle with the Yankees last season. He went from the minor leagues in the Rangers system to being the hottest hitter in baseball for a brief period playing for the Yankees. Things came to a sudden stop when Carpenter landed on the Injured List, and he looked like a shell of the player he was in the postseason.
As a result of his great 47-game stint with the Yankees last season, the Padres signed Carpenter to a two-year deal worth $12 million. Guaranteeing him the second year is probably something the Yankees didn’t want to do, but this is extremely affordable and wouldn’t come in handy this season.
Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Josh Donaldson are on the IL. Harrison Bader was, and could easily head back. Having Carpenter as a bench bat and insurance for one of these guys getting hurt would’ve come in handy for sure.
Through 24 games in San Diego, Carpenter is slashing .242/.355/.484 with three home runs and 16 RBI. His .839 OPS trails only Judge and Stanton on the Yankees and is tied with Anthony Rizzo, one of the few healthy Yankees. Instead of hitting guys like Jake Bauers, Willy Calhoun, and Franchy Cordero (to name a few), the Yanks could’ve had Carpenter to fill in somewhere. His versatility would’ve come in handy as well. He’s not a great defender, but he even filled in adequately enough in right field last season.
The Yankees are 24th in runs scored. Signing Carpenter would’ve given this team more much-needed depth and more offensive firepower.