The Yankees completed a trade on Saturday, sending minor league reliever Phillip Diehl to the Rockies in exchange for outfielder Mike Tauchman. Per Yankees skipper Aaron Boone, Tauchman will be given the opportunity to break camp with the team, though nothing has been set in stone quite yet.
Tauchman, 28, has yet to make significant strides in the majors. He’s poised to enter his third MLB season after hitting a paltry .094/.194/.125 across 37 PA with Colorado in 2018. He exhibited some speed and latent power potential in the minors, however, and carried a .323 average, 20 home runs, and 12 stolen bases (in 22 chances) while covering all three outfield positions in Triple-A Albuquerque. Should his struggles at the plate continue in the big leagues, he still offers enough positional flexibility to remain a viable backup option in an already-crowded outfield.
Diehl, meanwhile, is several levels removed from his own major-league breakthrough. The 24-year-old lefty split his 2018 campaign between the High-A and Double-A levels of the Yankees’ farm system with a combined 2.51 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 12.9 SO/9 through 75 1/3 innings. According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, the reliever was thrown for a loop when news of the trade broke and went so far as to ask Boone if the deal was a prank.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”