Thursday, July 31, 2014

Yankees Deadline Moves: Prado, Drew, Rogers Heading to New York

Going into today's trade deadline, it was well known to us all that the Yankees needed a few pieces.

The 55-52 team, currently three games behind the Blue Jays for the second and final wild card spot, is presently stuck with an unproductive second basemen in Brian Roberts and an unreliable middle reliever in Chase Whitley, two of their many big problems.

No, not all of those issues were resolved this afternoon, but yes, the said two definitely seem to be, with the Yanks acquiring both the Diamondbacks' Martin Prado and Red Sox' Stephen Drew while also claiming Toronto's Esmil Rodgers off waivers.

According to, Arizona will get catching prospect Peter O'Brien and a PTBNL for the .270-hitting Prado, arguably the biggest name in the group.

As for Drew, he's been exchanged for injured veteran Kelly Johnson, something that could turn out badly considering the former's hit just .176 this season. 

Either way, it seems fair to declare that today was a good one for New York's AL representative, as the Prado/Drew duo is obviously an upgrade over what they have now and Rogers (who's been in the minors since May 21 after putting together a 6.57 ERA in 20 2/3 innings) has thrown the ball well lately at Triple-A.

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