Yankees acquire Brendan Ryan


The Yankees have acquired infielder Brendan Ryan from the Mariners for a player to be named later, the teams announced. No word on the corresponding 40-man roster move just yet. Because he was acquired after August 31st, Ryan will not be eligible for the playoff roster should the Yankees make it that far. He is owed $400k for the rest of the season and will become a free agent this winter.

Ryan, 31, hit a weak .192/.254/.265 (43 wRC+) in 287 plate appearances for Seattle this season. He is an elite defender though, arguably the best at the position in all of baseball. With Derek Jeter‘s left ankle barking, Eduardo Nunez was the only shortstop on the active roster and the Yankees needed a backup. I wouldn’t expect Ryan to play all that much — he should replace Nunez in the late inning for defense at the very least — but the team desperately needed another middle infielder.

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  1. AllyinCt says:

    Is that true even on the off chance that we incur an injury??

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

    2013 Yankee shortstops will make for a great Sporcle category one day.

  3. KenC says:

    I wonder how many players that we gotten from the Mariners over the past 2-3 years. Laffey, Campos, Pineda, Ichiro, Kelly, and now Ryan

  4. MantleMN says:

    isn’t Andrelton Simmons far and away the best fielding SS in baseball

  5. forensic says:


    But oh well, Wonder what the 40-man move will be. Also wonder if they’re going to stretch it even further and make a 2nd move to get a 3rd catcher back on the roster given Romine’s situation.

  6. YankeeFan says:

    Considering the top of the lineup now, would you subtract a little offense for more defense at shortstop at this point? You cannot risk losing games because Nunez can’t handle a ball or throw it to first. He had a terrible defensive game which includes running the 2nd rather than flipping the ball to Cano which gave the O’s an extra out. I know Ryan is terrible offensively but he does work the count a bit (3.76 pitches per PA) and you know he can make the outs.

  7. CashmanNinja says:

    We probably gave up some old guy in low A who was going to be shown the door anyway. Ryan really offers nothing more than a good glove. It’s a shame he couldn’t have been had in August, but oh well. If we somehow manage to make the post season then we’ll have to pray Nunez can stay healthy/not botch grounders too much.

  8. Hall and Nokes says:

    Will he get voted a WS share?

  9. Kenny says:

    What if there’s a tiebreaker between the regular season and the Wild Card game? He could hypothetically play in that, right?

  10. dkidd says:

    “he is owed 400K for the rest of the season”

    baseball players have it good

  11. dkidd says:

    brendan ryan attended lewis-clark state college

    coincidence or proof of eddard’s power to shape events?

    • forensic says:

      And it all comes full circle. Who says Cashman doesn’t read RAB?

    • vicki says:

      holy cats, he did.

    • I'm a looser baby so why don't you kill me? says:

      My head just exploded. Wow.

      Ryan is a wizard – it’s going to stun us to be reminded of what it’s like to have an elite defender at SS. It’s been ages since we had even average fielding there.

      Prediction: he will get one very important hit before this is over.

  12. sabes says:

    Mock this guy all you want, but he’s averaged 3.5 WAR the previous 4 years. That’s pretty damn good. And that would place him 3rd on the Yankees this year not including pitchers, and 4th if you include pitchers.

    • vicki says:

      so you want to go back to his career year 2009, but you don’t want to use his awful 2013, and you want to rank this randomly achieved average bwar against the injury-ravaged 2013 yankees’.

      got it.

  13. mac1 says:

    I guess Cashman read Ben Lindberghs’ piece on Grantland?

  14. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    New SS. Backups stick together

  15. Frank says:

    Great acquisition. Unfortunately, 2 weeks too late.

  16. monterowasdinero says:

    Good pickup for late defense, injury coverage, baserunning ability, sacrifice bunting ability (always a factor on a Girardi team) and grit.

    Now let’s get Montero back.

    M’s want to be steroid free and we can get rid of Cervelli and Stewart. A PED-wash.

  17. JLC 776 says:

    I can’t wait to see which pitcher takes a shot at playing SS when we make the playoffs.

    Just kidding – they’ll likely play 1st and we’ll do some shuffling in the infield. Good times!

  18. monterowasdinero says:

    Small ball and contact will get us #28!

    The Bronx Bunters

  19. MB923 says:

    I wonder if Cashman called Jack Z after the 5th inning of last night’s game.

  20. Frank says:

    I’m curious to see who the PTBNL turns out to be for an 18 game rental.

  21. FLYER7 says:

    Checking the 40 man roster doesn’t look like we can move anyone else to the 60 day DL so looks like someone will be released. Miller? Daley? Joba?

  22. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    Great pick-up. We really needed an elite defensive shortstop.

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