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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 4/28/21

Mike Tauchman shipped out; Sánchez rides pine; Gittens impresses; MLB sees league-wide offensive depression

MLB: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports | Bryan Hoch: By now, you likely know that outfielder Mike Tauchman was shipped out west yesterday, in exchange for Giants reliever Wandy Peralta. Tyler Wade replaced Tauchman on the active roster. Peralta has an interesting Statcast profile, the kind of buy-low-and-enhance player that Brian Cashman has targeted repeatedly in the past few seasons.

New York Post | Dan Martin: Those hoping for a quick start out of the gate for Gary Sánchez got their wish for exactly the first weekend of the season, before things turned sour for the Yankees backstop. Gary’s in the midst of a 2-for-28 stretch over the past week, and was sat in lieu of Kyle Higashioka last night against the Orioles. Even a year ago, sitting Sánchez in any game at Camden would be unthinkable, but the new “day-to-day” approach by manager Aaron Boone is more reasonable now than ever. | Brendan Kuty: In a welcome respite from dreadful news at the MLB level, prospect Chris Gittens has impressed scouts and brass alike at the team’s alternate training site. Gittens posted a 1.248 OPS in spring training and has continued to club the ball in April, mashing three home runs in Sunday’s “game.” The 27-year old isn’t on the 40-man roster, but guys who can hit like that find their way onto major league clubs one way or the other.

FanGraphs | Brendan Gawlowski: The Yankee offense, largely, stinks. However, if it makes you feel any better, kind of everyone’s offense stink. Batting average is on a precipitous decline around the league, with more than a quarter of all at-bats ending with a strikeout.