Yankees acquire Austin Kearns


(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Yankees have acquired Austin Kearns from the Indians for a player to be named later or cash, so says Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman. The identity of the PTBNL is “still undetermined” according to Bob Klapisch. Buster Olney says the Yanks are already hard at work on their next deal, presumably for a utility infielder but don’t rule out bullpen help.

Kearns started in leftfield for the Indians on Friday night, but was lifted for a pinch-runner after singling in the 7th inning. After a big time start (.313/.388/.494 through June 7th), the 30-year-old has cooled off considerably over the last several weeks (.212/.305/.311 since). The Yanks were reportedly looking for an outfield bat that can hit lefties, and Kearns fits the bill (.353 wOBA vs. LHP career, .339 vs. RHP). It’s also worth noting that he’s a stud defensively in rightfield with three-year UZR of +11.4, but he’s a bit below average in left (-2.1) and hasn’t played much center in recent years.

There’s only $278,000 left on his contract this season, and he isn’t close to being any kind of compensation free agent once the winter rolls around. I don’t expect much, but he’s an upgrade over Colin Curtis.


  1. Zanath says:

    Well that kind of came out of no where.

  2. Kevin in Delectable Princeton says:

    I assume he’ll replace Curtis?

  3. Pat D says:

    Not entirely sure why they’d do this?

    • Bryan says:

      For the bench. Right now its: Pena, Curtis, Miranda… Adding Kearns for a PTBNL is a solid move. Very Eric Hinske like.

      • Pat D says:

        I don’t know, I guess he seems to be Thames just with the ability to play the outfield. But, yea, I supposed that’s an upgrade over Curtis.

  4. Steve H says:

    Kearns>>>Curtis and should help against LHP. Just hope the cost wasn’t much.

  5. Dave says:

    Ahh why? bench help? I dont know if I think that is an upgrade.

  6. Bryan says:

    Wheelin’ and Dealing’. I’m loving this.

  7. The Fallen Phoenix says:

    I heard the Yankees were on the verge of acquiring Austin Kearns. But I also heard that the Yankees might not be on the verge of acquiring Austin Kearns.

  8. ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford) says:


  9. Slappy White says:

    Now thats just piling on…../Kay’d

  10. JoeC says:

    Makes a ton of sense. Him and granderson make a pretty nice defacto platoon. Sorta surprised Mark Melancon is now a “non prospect” as well

    • JoeC says:

      actually he has been pretty terrible this year

    • Dave says:

      Count me in as surprised about that as well. Makes me a little nervous about who they are giving up for Kearns.

    • B-Rando says:

      I’m surprised Melancon is a “non prospect”, but I’m really not going to be devastated by losing him. We’re getting Lance Freakin’ Berkman to DH for the New York Yankees. We gave up a guy whos been up to the majors a couple times with very limited success and who has struggled greatly as of late in AAA and another kid who is in Low A.

      I like the Kearns move. I would certainly say he is an upgrade over the rest of the bench outside of Thames. The more depth the better. Look at what Hairston and Hinske did for us last year. We need some productive depth.

  11. FIPster Doofus says:

    Kind of odd. He’ll have a hard time getting at bats with Berkman and Thames at DH and the outfield set, no?

  12. T-Dubs says:

    They’re flipping him for Adam Dunn and Edwin Jackson.

  13. Brooklyn Ed says:

    Cody Ross would had been better.

    damn you Cashman for being stealth. ;)

  14. j_Yankees says:

    Bye Colin Curtis.

  15. Pete says:

    First Lance Berkman, and now Ryan Church Austin Kearns? This day came out of nowhere

  16. phughesisgod says:

    I like it, although, I am not that big of a fan of sending Curtis back down to Scranton. I also am happy that the Yankees were able to send Melancon and Paredes to Houston. Not really giving up alot and getting a good bat in return.

    Hopefully we are not done yet and are able to get another reliever. Maybe flipping Kearns for an arm? Or will all the relievers available require prospects?

  17. forensicnucchem says:

    Not really sure I get the point of this. He’s hitting righties better than lefties this year. I also kind of hope they DFA Thames rather than sending Curtis down. If Curtis is gone, then they have ZERO defensive skill ready if they needed someone in the OF.

    • Joe says:

      Kearns is not horrible in the outfield

    • Chip says:

      Go look at Thames’ line this year vs Curtis’, there is no way you send Thames down in order to keep Curtis

      • forensicnucchem says:

        I didn’t say anything about the offense. I was talking about the defense. And his 1 UZR in 14 games in RF isn’t exactly impressive to me, not to mention he can’t always play RF, he’ll have to fill in LF every so often. Or would you prefer Thames there instead?

      • forensicnucchem says:

        And regarding the offensive numbers, look below after looking a little closer.

    • JLew says:

      Check out his UZR.

    • matt montero says:

      Thames probably has a little trade value for something like a low grade prospect or bleh reliever, he is a fien bat off the bench

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Why DFA Thames? He was brought in to mash lefties and he’s done exactly that.

      • forensicnucchem says:

        Eh, his BA and OBP are buoyed by a flukey hot start, his numbers against lefties include a .400 BABIP, which is pretty certainly to drop, and despite all that he has a grand total of one homerun against lefties all year.

        And it’s not even an argument that there’s zero value in him beyond that.

  18. JoeC says:

    Is a back up 3rd baseman next? Mike Lowell for Tony Armas Jr?

  19. Marcos says:

    Meh player, solid depth move. Now, time to get some BULLPEN help there Cash! I really think Downs would be a great addition but he seems too expensive.

  20. rek4gehrig says:

    Hmmm…..not sure about this one but I he did peak my interest during series in Cleveland.

  21. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Here’s the question: are we certain that Kearns is actually a better hitter than Curtis at this point in his career?

  22. JoeC says:

    almost surprised Kerry Wood wasn’t involved. probably for the best.

  23. Poopy Pants says:

    “Kearns earns a home run!!! ohhh!!!”

    “Austin hit an AWESOME home run!!”

    “Kearns burns one!”

  24. nathan says:

    Does this affect the Berkman deal or is that official or are they mutually independent deals?

  25. Pat D says:

    New Olney tweet:
    Heard this: With two trades in the books today, the Yankees are working on another — presumably somebody who can play 3B.

    Now aren’t we getting greedy, or just over-inflating the roster?

  26. JoeC says:

    Kearns baby Kearns!

    /john sterling

  27. phughesisgod says:

    Hopefully the Yankees are working on 2 or 3 more trades. 1 for a utility infielder. Another for a reliever or 2. And the third to get rid of Chan Ho Park.

  28. Zack says:

    First he bring Berkman from a last place team to the best team in baseball, then he does the same for Kearns.

    Cash is in saving lost souls one at a time.

  29. JoeC says:

    ptbnl most be a recent(signed)draft pick, no?

  30. forensicnucchem says:

    It’s kind of funny, somebody asked Mike during the chat today if the Yanks were going to get a Candy Maldonado-type player.

    Look at Kearns’ BR page and his most similar comparison through age 29 is… Candy Maldonado.

    • Pat D says:

      I don’t remember for sure, but wasn’t that asked a week or two ago in a chat?

      • forensicnucchem says:

        Oh, was it last weeks? I read two of the recaps today so it could have been last weeks.

        If so, my bad… Still kind of fits though.

        • Pat D says:

          I didn’t catch all of today’s, so who knows?

          • forensicnucchem says:

            Well, here is one from today:

            1:53 [Comment From joe z "pittsfeild MA"joe z "pittsfeild MA": ]
            what about Austin Kearns, the indians must be shopping him, right? Maybe, a Pat Venditte and Dan Brewer or something?

            Friday July 30, 2010 1:53 joe z “pittsfeild MA”
            1:54 I’m sure they are, but he stinks. .212/.305/.311 since early June.

            • forensicnucchem says:

              Yeah, the one I was thinking of was last week:

              2:46 [Comment From CJCJ: ]
              Do you see the Yankees pursuing a Candy Maldonado-type player before the deadline?

              Friday July 23, 2010 2:46 CJ
              2:46 What’s a Candy Maldonado?

  31. Poopy Pants says:

    “Kearns learns how to stop worrying and love the A Bomb!”

  32. All-Star Carl says:

    Joe G looks sad lol

  33. Pat D says:

    Now, according to ESPN, it could be a PTBNL or cash.

  34. bonestock94 says:

    Awesome, gotta love depth that hits for power and can field.

  35. John Marro says:

    Should have kept Damon & Matsui

  36. MattG says:

    No chance Cashman’s done. I expect Qualls to be here soon…not sure whom the infielder will be. I had thought Peralta had a good chance, but that didn’t work out.

    There is nothing at all in Qualls’ peripherals to give one pause, and it does enough to explain the ERA. With that salary and those results, Arizona must absurdly motivated to move him.

  37. Crack Ho Phan says:

    I see Eric Wordekemper or Lassiter (wishing) packing their bags for Midge-City

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