BigGuy wrote:How Yankees' Aaron Boone said a lot saying little about Neil Walker signing
If Walker splits time with Wade at second, he'd probably also be the No. 2 first baseman, which would lead to Austin being optioned to Triple-A and Lind being released.
This. Keep in mind that not being able to dump Ellsbury means they have to carry 5 outfielders on the 25-man, and none of them play 1st base. Adam Lind and Tyler Austin can't play 2nd or 3rd.
So if the "regular" 2nd basemen (3rd baseman?) can back up at 1st, that saves a much-needed 25-man roster slot. Wade or Torreyes can back up and 2nd, 3rd, and short, but it's more likely that everybody's going to get 200-450 PA: Torreyes, Wade, Drury, Lind. Then Andujar either gets traded, or Torreyes or Wade does. When Torres is ready, he'll be up, though now, that might not be until the 2nd half. Or next year.
I think Adam Lind and Tyler Austin just lost their shot at jobs on the 25-man. Lind's Yankee career ended before it began, unless Bird gets hurt again.