May
05

Yankees tried to trade Kevin Russo

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Via Joel Sherman, the Yankees apparently tried to trade utility man Kevin Russo late in Spring Training. That must have been after they decided on Eduardo Nunez and Eric Chavez as the reserve infielders with Ramiro Pena stashed in Triple-A. Given Chavez’s injury, they’re probably glad they held onto him/couldn’t find taker.

By no means is Russo great, but he’s versatile (can play three infield spots and left field) and has shown the ability to get on base in the minor leagues (.351 OBP). He is hitting just .227/.299/.299 in 24 games for Triple-A Scranton this year, but he’s a career .285/.358/.371 hitter at the level, which is where he’s spent the vast majority of the last three seasons. In a brief (54 plate appearance) cameo with the big league team last year, he hit .184/.245/.224 with one really big hit.

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4 Comments»

  1. RL says:

    Given Chavez’s injury, they’re probably glad they held onto him/couldn’t find taker.

    We’ll see. He seems to be simply an org-type for the Yankees. If he’s called up (which he may be with Pena’s foot issue), then perhaps he can show a little more this time up. If he’s not, then it would seen the Yankees don’t value him too much.

  2. Phil says:

    How about Jorge Vazquez? They need some hitting right now. Posada should sit for a while.

  3. Thomas Cassidy says:

    Tried to trade Russo for what? A bag of balls?

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