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.