Bader bids Yankees goodbye, joins Reds in waivers move

8/18/23 - Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium - New York Yankees center fielder Harrison Bader #22 reacts after he reaches first on a fielders choice but New York Yankees left fielder Billy McKinney #57 is tagged out at second to end the fourth inning
Amanda Paula
Thursday August 31, 2023

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On Thursday afternoon, the New York Yankees officially announced that Harrison Bader is no longer part of the Bronx Bombers. The Cincinnati Reds have acquired him after he was placed on waivers late Tuesday. This move has left fans and the MLB world in suspense, as Bader’s absence from the lineup raises questions about his departure and the potential implications for both teams.

Bader says goodbye to Yankees

Following the third game between the Yankees and Tigers, Bader extended his appreciation to the Yankees on Yes Network, expressing his immense excitement about joining the Reds. He also shared that having grown up in Manhattan, he had never imagined donning the Yankees uniform, and he harbors aspirations of making a return one day.

The center fielder was claimed off waivers by the Reds, who are aiming to strengthen their lineup for the National League Central and wild card race.

The Reds have agreed to take on the remaining financial commitment of approximately $800,000 owed to Bader for the remainder of the season. While the move frees up a spot for top prospect Jasson Dominguez to make his major league debut, it also marks the end of Bader’s time with the Yankees.

Harrison Bader
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Known for his impressive defensive skills in center field, Bader’s performance at the plate has been inconsistent. Although he brings a formidable defensive presence to the Reds, his batting performance has been marked by fluctuations.

A farewell from the Bronx to Comerica Park

Harrison Bader in action for the New York Yankees

Hailing from Bronxville, Harrison Bader was still with the Yankees at Comerica Park when news of the waiver claim broke. Despite his impending departure, Bader’s impact on the team was evident as he bid farewell to his former teammates before they took on the Detroit Tigers.

Teammate Aaron Judge expressed his sentiments about Bader’s departure, acknowledging the strong friendship they had developed over the past two years. Judge highlighted Bader’s dedication and his desire to win, especially in his free agent year.

Bader’s time with the Yankees had its ups and downs. Acquired from the Cardinals during the previous year’s trade deadline, he faced initial setbacks due to injuries. Plantar fasciitis delayed his Yankees debut until September, but he made a memorable impact during the playoffs by hitting five home runs in nine games.

Throughout the current season, Bader faced challenges with injuries that led to multiple stints on the injured list. Despite his defensive prowess in center field, his batting performance remained modest, with a batting average of .240 and an OPS of .643, along with 17 stolen bases in 84 games.

Harrison Bader in action for the New York Yankees.
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The move to the Reds places Bader in a promising position, with the team positioned just one game behind the Giants for the third wild card spot and six games behind the Brewers in the NL Central. The Reds have reportedly also claimed outfielder Hunter Renfroe, indicating their intent to bolster their outfield roster.

Harrison Bader’s transition to the Cincinnati Reds marks a new chapter in his baseball career, as he seeks to contribute to the team’s postseason aspirations. As he leaves behind the Yankees, Bader’s impact on both sides of the field will be remembered by fans and fellow players alike.

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