Yankees Rumors: Mike Tauchman Traded to Giants for RP Wandy Peralta

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIIApril 27, 2021

New York Yankees' Mike Tauchman during the fifth inning of a spring baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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The New York Yankees traded outfielder Mike Tauchman to the San Francisco Giants for reliever Wandy Peralta and a player to be named later, the club announced Tuesday.

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The New York Yankees announced today that they have acquired LHP Wandy Peralta and a player to be named later from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for OF Mike Tauchman. Prior to tonight's game, the Yankees recalled INF/OF Tyler Wade (#14).

In a corresponding move, utility-man Tyler Wade has been recalled to the Yankees from the team's alternate site.

Tauchman had been a valuable depth piece for the Yankees in recent years—especially as injuries continued to mount in 2019 and 2020—but was off to a slow start in 2021 with manager Aaron Boone unable to give him consistent playing time.

The 30-year-old is slashing .214/.267/.286 with one extra-base hit in 16 plate appearances entering Tuesday. With Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton and Brett Gardner all capable of playing in the outfield, Tauchman became a bit of an odd man out.

Instead, Tauchman goes to San Francisco for Peralta, a left-handed reliever who primarily uses a fastball-slider combination to attack hitters.

The 29-year-old has thrown 8.1 innings this season with a 5.40 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, eight strikeouts and two saves. He should help the Yankees bullpen set up for closer Aroldis Chapman while providing Boone with a mismatch option in relief.

New York (9-13) will now carry five lefties out of the pen as it attempts to get its season back on track after an abysmal April.

The Giants, meanwhile, add Tauchman to center field with LaMonte Wade Jr. on the 10-day injured list and Mike Yastrzemski considered day-to-day.