By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 31st, 2014
The New York Yankees were active before the July 31st trade deadline as expected. Hoping to make the playoff in Derek Jeter’s final season despite a ton of injuries, Brian Cashman has added notably Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley in the past few weeks. On Thursday, Cashman acquired two more hitters to try and spark the lineup.
In what is a very rare thing to see the Yankees jumped on the Boston Red Sox fire sale, and were able to grab shortstop Stephen Drew for Kelly Johnson. Drew was having a disappointing season so far in Boston, batting just .176 with two homeruns, but with the struggles of Brian Roberts, who was designated for assignment, the Yankees will take their chance that Drew can figure it out. The deal with Boston was the first trade made between the two teams since 1997, when Mike Stanley came to the Bronx.
The second move the Yankees made on Thursday was a deal with the Diamondbacks to acquire Martin Prado, who will bring versatility to Joe Girardi with Prado’s ability to play multiple positions. This season Prado is hitting .270, which is a lot better than most of the Yankees in the lineup. In order to land Prado, the Yankees sent power-hitting prospect Pete O’Brien. O’Brien has 33 homeruns so far this season in the minors, and 60 for his three seasons in the minors.
New York is currently sitting 5.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East, and the more realistic goal of grabbing a Wild Card spot is just three games out of reach for the Yankees.