Friday, August 1, 2014

Quick Hit: Catching Up From An Active Trade Deadline

Just a quick hit to get everyone caught up from the flurry of roster moves and such out of Yankee land yesterday. The Yankees were very active at the trading deadline and while New York didn't make any blockbuster deals I think Brian Cashman gets a good grade for this deadline. Cashman did not give up any top notch talent and definitely bolstered our depth problem and our infield defense problems. A new right fielder, starting pitcher, or bullpen help would have been nice but there is always August for that I guess.

Anyway here is what happened to catch you up on this Friday:

The Yankees and Red Sox swapped Stephen Drew for Kelly Johnson. The Yankees will pay basically all of Drew's remaining $5 million on his deal. All signs point to Drew being the every day second baseman from here on out.

New York also acquired Martin Prado for prospect Peter O'Brien and a player to be named later or cash considerations. I am a big fan of O'Brien but I am a huge fan of this deal. O'Brien has shown incredible power in the minor leagues but Prado has shown a versatility and flexibility the Yankees seem to be missing this season. Not to mention that Prado has a very affordable contract for next season and 2016 as well. If I was a betting man I'd say Prado, while getting bounced around, will play a lot of right field this season and will be New York's every day second baseman next season.

The Yankees claimed starting pitcher Esmil Rogers off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays and will stash him in Triple-A for now. Scott Sizemore was released to make room on the 40 man roster for Rogers. Rogers has struggled with Toronto this season, doesn't miss a lot of bats, but keeps the ball on the ground and that may be enough with this new look infield the Yankees have.

The Yankees did not acquire Marlon Byrd. Naturally I learned this after I typed out about a 2000 word article about it. Oh well, so is life. Now you know and knowing is half the battle. Happy Friday.

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