Jul
31

Yankees send Kelly Johnson to Red Sox for Stephen Drew

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For the first time since the Mike Stanley trade in 1997, the Yankees and Red Sox have hooked up for a trade. The Yankees have acquired Stephen Drew and $500k from their division rivals in exchange for Kelly Johnson, the team announced. Brian Cashman told reporters Drew will take over as the team’s everyday second baseman.

Drew, 31, has hit a weak .176/.255/.328 (56 wRC+) with four homers in 145 plate appearances this year after signing at midseason. He has been much better of late, hitting .237/.341/.474 (126 wRC+) with two homers since the All-Star break. After the long layoff and the lack of a proper Spring Training, it took Drew a little while to get going with the bat. He is a dead pull left-handed hitter who might be able to take advantage of Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch.

The Yankees had interest in Drew in each of the last two offseasons, though he declined to sign with them because of questions about how much he’d play as well as his position with Derek Jeter entrenched at short. Drew has never played a position other than shortstop — literally zero innings somewhere other than short (and DH) at both the big league and minor league level — so the second base experiment might be messy. He could always see time at short whenever Jeter needs a day off, of course.

Johnson, 32, is currently on the disabled list with a groin injury. He hit .219/.304/.373 (88 wRC+) with six homers in 227 plate appearances this season while playing mostly first and third bases. The Yankees signed him to be at least a platoon player at the hot corner, but Yangervis Solarte‘s season-opening hot streak and Mark Teixeira‘s injuries forced Johnson to spend a lot of time first base. The signing made perfect sense on paper but it just didn’t work out.

Like Johnson, Drew will be a free agent after the season, so this is a swap of rental players and the rearranging of some furniture. Drew is a very good defender at short but we have no idea how he will fare at second base. Brian Roberts, who was designated for assignment today, was giving the team neither offense nor defense in recent weeks, so it won’t take much for Drew to be an upgrade. As he did with his other trades this month, Cashman grabbed a potential upgrade at minimal cost. Hard to complain about that.

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  • Mike

    Just what this team needed….

    • Bill R

      Meanwhile the As and Tigers only get stronger, welp, guess there is always next year….

      • Scott

        I don’t think Cashman felt the Yanks could truly contend in the playoffs this year and didn’t want to give up the farm (figuratively and literally) to chase a championship they weren’t going to win.
        The Yanks didn’t want to take on Byrd for 2 years, the Rays weren’t going to trade Price to us, the Sox weren’t going to trade us Lester, the Phillies didn’t really want to trade Hamels to anyone, Lee is too old and injured, Danks sucks.

        So what moves were the Yanks going to make? I’m content the Yanks stayed pat and completed the marginal upgrades with Headley, and McCarthy gave up next to nothing. Headley and McCarthy and now Drew can audition for next year. If they stink, well just cut bait and go from there.

        I’m hoping going forward Tanaka and Pineda come back healthy, and the Yanks can remain above .500 and finish 2nd in the division. I don’t believe they will get the 2nd WC, unless the whole offense suddenly starts hitting.

    • fred robbins

      This is for all the people who love to say Cashman Failed.

      It’s really something as a Yankee fan to see what good, smart and creative GM’s do with their resources in an effort to make their team better. The Yankees have made only incremental moves that look nice in some kind of way, but only continue the path they have been on the last few years.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      .176 hitter!!

      Pennant fever!!!

  • Tuscan Chicken

    Bryan Hoch says 1997. Was that the Stanley deal?

  • http://www.twitter.com/etsouthwick Eddie

    Stephen Drew has been set free, having fun.

  • Bret The Hitman

    And Blake (LOHUD) sneaky little devil gets his way once again

    Tanaka
    McCann
    Beltran
    Drew

    Any other requests, Blake?

  • Algernon Blackwood

    Eeeewwwww

  • Frankie Cerveddardi

    LOL! RAB finally got his white whale, Stephen Drew! And it makes absolutely no sense. Cashman has just done an awful job. We needed a power OF and he gets Stephen Drew.

    • lardin

      Which available Power Hitting power hitting OF did you want Cashman to get?

  • Leg-End

    This better be for basically nothing.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense

      Kelly Johnson

      • Rob

        Kelly Johnson, so yeah, nothing at all.

      • Algernon Blackwood

        That’s better than nothing!

      • Leg-End

        Ok, I’ll take it. But still, STEPHEN DREW!?!

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew) RIP Egon

    I am quitting life.

  • Mulato

    Cashman is trolling us lol.

    • Bret The Hitman

      Not me, I never bought into his trade deadlines.

  • Joe R

    I think…i’d rather have Brian Roberts… UGGGHH.

  • Chris H

    I just don’t get it… You had all the time in the world to sign this guy during the offseason. To now turn around and give the Red Sox of all teams anything, literally anything, for a guy you could’ve just given cash too (and isn’t hitting at all) makes no sense.

    • Rob

      Not true. If the Yankees signed him as a free agent, it would have cost them 12million for the year and a draft pick would have went to Boston. Now, they only owe him the remaining terms of the deal through the end of the year and Kelly Johnson can go suck it in Boston.

      • Silvio

        “gone”

      • Chris H

        I get that point but at a certain point I’m tired of hearing all the ways the Yankees need to save money… You’re the Yankees and you spent almost 300M in the offseason, 10M is really breaking the bank?

        Plus who knows maybe with an actual spring training Drew actually hits.

      • fred robbins

        Kelly J never got a chance to play his best position in NY. He was used so sparingly and often in a few positions he never played before or had any confidence in.

        Watch.. He will go to Boston and be what he was supposed to be with the Yankees. A bit of power as a bench guy and 2nd baseman. He will be happy and perform to his usual.

        Cashman has only proved how he is so over valued in NY and so outdone by the other much more talented GMs. Cashman’s moves have been incremental at best and he is just not good at deal making. Everyone gets luck once in a while but on a regular bssis, he is only good at buying old players and occasionally getting lucky.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com GT Yankee

      ^^^^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^^^

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com GT Yankee

        Drew was signed fairly close to the draft no? If the Yanks had an under the table deal with him to sign the day after the draft (ala K. Morales) it wouldn’t have cost them anything….correct?

        • Steve (different one)

          Correct, except the sox got him 2 weeks earlier, making this scenario a moot point.

    • Steve (different one)

      Well, signing him in the offseason would have cost the pick that turned into Lindgren plus about $12M.

      I am guessing the sox got a marginal prospect, and the Yanks will pay him about $5M…

      I don’t love this, because Drew isn’t that good, but he is (sadly) probably an upgrade at 2B and I am guessing the cost was small.

    • Get Phelps Up

      They still would have had to give Boston a draft pick if they signed him in the offseason.

    • Old Man Time

      They get Kelly Johnson who’s a FA at the end of the season. No big deal.

  • Kenny

    Another middle infielder who can’t hit…at least he can play defense

    • Chris H

      Except he’s never played 2B before and he’ll have to learn it mid season, in New York, while struggling with the bat.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Just…what? What?

  • Frank

    I just spit out my water laughing so hard. Cashman must really want to get fired.

    • Bret The Hitman

      He’s doing exactly what he’s told. Always buy buy buy even if it’s light buying, coupons, WalMart, K-Mart special whatever. There is one mode to the front office and no adjustments to market realities. How many more deadlines have to pass before it’s obvious to more fans?

      • Paisa

        “No adjustments to market realities”?????

        What market realities?In the last two weeks they’ve made 4 significant upgrades while giving up nothing of significance in return. You sound like Kramer talking about “tax write-offs”.

      • Sergio

        The New York Yankees spent approx. have a billion dollars on free agents this past off-season alone.

  • Chris H

    Well I guess if it’s just for Kelly Johnson it’s hard to angry about it. I’m fine with it but so far Kelly has hit much better than Drew and Kelly is an upgrade over Suzuki in RF in my mind.

    Considering we could’ve had all of the above to start the season for no more than contracts still makes me scratch my head.

    • Steve (different one)

      You keep saying this, but it’s not true. Drew carried draft pick compensation.

    • Scott

      Kelly is also hurt and isn’t eligible to come of the DL until 7 August, providing their is no set back.

      If he signed with the Yanks in the off season they would have given the Sox an extra draft pick

  • SweetSpot

    Surreal. Really just surreal.

    • bw1tz

      Surreally?

  • BJ

    I… uh, wait, what?

  • Scott

    It is for Kelly Johnson

  • Dee

    This is an audition for next year at SS.

    • Scott

      Bingo

    • Bret The Hitman

      Would rather have Jed Lowrie.

    • trr

      +1

  • Baked McBride

    Tigers get Price now

    Yanks are so far behind the AL powers – just give in already and SELL MORTIMER, SELL!

    • Chris Z.

      The Yankees are in on Orange Juice. They will never sell….

      • Poconos Adam

        “Where the hell is Beeks?”

  • gargoyle

    Drew has never played a game at 2B.

  • Alex

    For Kelly Johnson???? Can that be right?? Weird trade for the Red Sox maybe a money saving move.

    • Alex

      and to move Xander back to SS.

  • EndlessJose

    Even though the Yankees didn’t get anything at least the Blue Jays and Orioles didn’t either.I knew the Orioles didn’t have the stones to make a big trade like the A’s.

    But if the Yankees don’t make the postseason than Hal needs to kake it rain pink slips.

  • Kenny

    So another middle infielder who can’t hit…but at least he can defend

    • Scott

      It gets Roberts out of the line up on a regular basis and although he has never played 2B, you would have to assume it would be an upgrade no???

      • HansDavenport

        Believe so.

  • Martin L

    Drew in exchange for Kelly Johnson. So this is what is called a “cat for dog” trade.

  • Dee

    Argh, I really wanted a bat…

  • Bobby d

    This is normal for the yanks, just keep getting washed up veterans that will not improve the team. What a joke they have become!

  • Baked McBride

    Listen up – Tigers got Price, A’s get Lester, Yanks get pushed to the back of the line

    It ain;t happenign this year, Cash, just SELL, MORTIMER, SELL

  • Bret The Hitman

    Blake’s wish list (for real)

    Tanaka
    McCann
    Beltran
    Drew

  • Lou

    Truthfully i was hoping to just Kelly Johnson the AB’s going forward at 2B when he came off the DL. and eve kelly might have been our best RF

    Stephen Drew? what a joke, he is actually probably worse than Kelly this year and has never played second.

    And don’t get started on the contract.

    this makes absolutely no sense and this is the only deal we pull off?

  • Adam

    Phenomenal work by our GM as usual.

    • Steve (different one)

      If Cash had landed McCarthy and Headley TODAY instead of weeks ago, would people feel differently about things?

      Of course they would.

      • Adam

        No, because this team would still need, at the very least, an outfielder and pitcher.

      • Friendly Door-to-door Volcano Insurance Salesman

        +1

      • Old Man Time

        It’s Adam…logic, facts, and reason do not apply…only emotional blurbs.

      • Adam

        Cashman has proved that he isn’t going to make any trades except ones that cost nothing and have the potential to have a minimal impact on the team. If he honestly thinks this team right now is good enough to make the playoffs, especially after last night’s debacle, he’s delusional.

  • Ed

    I’m not sure this trade makes either team better.

    Also, is this the first Yankees / Red Sox trade since the Mike Stanley trade in ’97 ?

  • SweetSpot

    Well we’ll see if the Yankee prospect huggers had a clue.

    • BKamm

      Troll alert.

  • ROBTEN

    So, this move potentially says two things:

    1. Roberts might be more hurt than they’re letting on and do not expect him to play significant time going forward. As such, they didn’t feel comfortable with current options. This gives them a fill-in now, and an audition for SS next year.

    2. It means that Refsnyder is not going to get a call up this year.

    • TheRealGreg

      Cashman basically said he wasn’t.

      • ROBTEN

        I know, but this cements it.

  • Wave Your Hat

    Wow, Johnson for Drew. Well, there are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.

    • Patrick

      Lets not talk falsely now WYH….

      • Wave Your Hat

        There must be some way out of here…

  • Dee

    Who thinks this team is a playoff team as we hit 4:00pm….?

    • TheRealGreg

      No. And that’s fine.

      • Dee

        Would have been nice to see Jeter in October one more time.

        • TheRealGreg

          I don’t care. This team is not a playoff team, even if they did make a trade today.

          • Poconos Adam

            Yep. What Greg said.

  • Baked McBride

    How is Cash not selling everything that isn’t nailed down? Sell the Third Avenue Bridge is you can find a taker!!

    • TheRealGreg

      Who?

    • WhittakerWalt

      Because they just spent 500 million in the offseason.

  • itsallhowuseeit

    so lets see, needs. Starting pitcher: NOPE Right Hand Power NOPE Another infielder that can’t hit CHECK A scrap heap reliever with a 6 era CHECK….woooooo winning at life

  • Dan A.

    DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER . . . MASS HYSTERIA

  • Scott

    Add another move to the “who gives a shit” column

  • Greg

    How does this help the Yanks again? Can Drew play RF and hit home runs? no.

    • bw1tz

      Who was out there that A) fit your criteria, B) was available and C) for a price that wasnt exorbitant?

    • Steve (different one)

      Drew is better than the guy currently playing 2B, Brendan Ryan. That makes them better.

      Just because they have other needs doesn’t mean both things can’t be true.

      I don’t really like Drew, so I’m not too excited, but I can see how this could be a moderate upgrade.

  • word

    We should be selling.

    14% chance of making the playoffs.

  • Farewell Mo

    It’s about f’ing time the Yankees got Drew!

  • Baked McBride

    I want to see prospects stacked like Floyd Mayweather’s hundred dollar bills. Trade everyone you can – love the guy but Robertson, Tex, Kuroda, Cervelli, anyone with any value. This is about 2017 and beyond, not 2015. The best opportunity we’ve had in YEARS

    • Giuseppe Franco

      Last year was the time to sell when they actually had assets.

      Many of us on LoHud were screaming from the rafters that this is going to be a broken record every TD when you have a team that’s middling in mediocrity because they aren’t good enough to be a playoff team but not bad enough to be forced to blow everything up.

      It’s pretty much the worst place they could be.

  • Bill O

    The move itself (trading with the Red Sox) is surprising, but its pretty clear the Yankees were on the hunt for salary dump type of trades and that’s exactly what this was.

    Drew is better than Roberts against RHP and defensively (even at 2B). And it looks like he is past his June slump and has hit a lot better in July (110 wRC+).

  • jeez

    ………………………….

  • TheRealGreg

    Since July 10th, Drew is hitting .255/.378/.489

  • HansDavenport

    Hmm. For Kelly Johnson. Well that means Brian Roberts is officially a bench player. The pipe dreams of Refs or Pirela being called up are over.

  • Baked McBride

    KJ guaranteed to hit 3 HRs this weekend

    • Evan3457

      From the DL?

  • TWTR

    I’d rather live with Refs growing pains.

  • Fistin’ That Posey

    That’s it! World Series, here we come!

  • Elan

    What a garbage player. I miss the days when Cashman actually had guts…

    • Rocky Patel

      Died after his affair.

  • nycsportzfan

    Well at least Mike.A finally gets Drew on the Yanks. I personally never seen the appeal but hes good defensively and better offensively then Brenden Ryan, so I suppose its a upgrade.

  • Friendly Door-to-door Volcano Insurance Salesman

    Johnson needs to sign with the Orioles soon.

  • BigBlueAL

    The Yankees have become irrelevant.

    • TheRealGreg

      Stephen Drew to the Yankees was trending on Twitter. That proves otherwise.

  • nycsportzfan

    Martin Prado traded to Yanks. Thats a solid move. Guy can hit.

  • Rocky Patel

    This is absolutely the worst job by Cashman since he started. Is he trying to get fired?

    Team is a joke – no hitting, very little pitching, no defense and while the serious teams are making trades or prepping for the future, Yankees pick up a DFA and Stephen Drew.

    Yankees deserve every bit of bad fortune, failure that comes to them them. They have simply ignored sound business decisions and instead relied on the absurd.

    Drought is not just isolated to California.

  • Chris R

    Nick Franklin and Drew Smyly for David Price? We couldn’t make a better offer than that?

  • charlestonchew

    So now we got Martin prado…

    Flipping Drew for Prado makes a ton of sense actually. is that what’s happening here? No word on who we gave up for Prado.

  • bw1tz

    Martin Prado to the Yanks. Nothing yet on what they gave up.

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees apparently also got Martin Prado. Excitement is in the air.

  • Chris Z.

    Ok so someone answer me this:

    Sox gave up a quality OF for 2 months of Lester. You don’t think the Yankees could have gotten something good for Kuroda? Why didn’t they sell? It sucks to be a seller. It hurts the bottom line attendance wise but honestly, the team is going to stink next year too. They should have sold Robertson, Kuroda, Cervelli or Murphy and even McCarthy. I would keep Headley and try to sign him long term and pursue a SS in FA. The Yankees failed this year.

  • The Ghost of Alex Rodriguez

    This is laughable……..

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Nick Franklin and Drew friggin’ Smyly?

    The Rays REALLY couldn’t do better than that? That’s embarrassing at best.

  • charlestonchew

    So now we got Martin prado…

    Flipping Drew for Prado makes a ton of sense actually. is that what’s happening here? No word on who we gave up for Prado.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Pete O’Brien

  • Kenny

    Yankees get Martin Prado

  • CMed21

    Looks like Prado is a Yankee.

  • http://riveraveblues.com max

    The Yankees acquired infielder Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks… not bad

  • Richie Rich

    Another non-event of a trade. Essentially, the Yankees stood pat at this deadline, with three fairly meaningless and insignificant deals.

    This season provided a rare chance for the Yankees to actually sell for once. Chips like Gardner, Betances, Robertson, as well as a plethora of throw-ins like Beltran, Ichiro, etc. could have helped the team acquire a power hitting OF, a 2B, or some good prospects, as they wait until next season to try to make another run next season.

    When a team like the Yankees officially mails it in (as they have done this season), you have to take the chance to stock up. Unfortunately, Cashman stood pat, and the team has nothing to show for it.

    Cashman will not be returning next season – and it’s about time.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Cashman will almost definitely be back … unfortunately.

    • Giuseppe Franco

      Don’t be so sure about that.

      It’s his job until he decides he’s had enough.

  • oldmanalex

    Yankees AQUIRE MARTIN PRADO… per mlbtr

  • Missing Cano

    Yanks get Martin Prado

  • Doug

    Confirmed: #Yankees get Prado from #DBacks. First reported: @JackCurryYES

  • Dicka24

    Martin Prado to the Yankees.

  • Patrick

    Drew sucks.

    I will laugh(no crying in baseball)if this ends up being the Yankees big “move” at the trade deadline.

    Yankees will miss the playoffs yet again.

    Thanks Cashman.

    P.S.

    I will take all this back if David Price is a Yankee by midnight.

    • hey now

      I suggest you use “Drew Sucks” as your handle and let the real Patrick retain his.

  • Missing Cano

    Yankees acquire Martin Prado.

  • mitch

    Prado for O’Brien is a very nice deal. Even in a down year he’s still mashing lefties. Plus he can play the outfield or platoon with Drew at 2B….lots of flexibility

  • dexcente

    Everybody calm down. We also have Martin Prado now.

    • CountryClub

      Ace of MLB Stats ?@AceballStats 3m
      #Yankees Martin Prado is batting .285/.332/.403 with 72 R, 34 2B, 5 3B, 10 HR, 83 RBI, & 2 SB over his last 162 games.

  • TheRealGreg

    I love the Prado move. Can play infield AND Outfield. And is having a solid season. They gave up O’Brien for him

  • Patrick

    Oh crap there is another Patrick on this blog? I guess I should change my name ..

    Anyways, O’Brien is what the Yanks traded for Prado. Not a big deal in my opinion. O’Brien has insane power but not much else. Honestly reminds me of Shelly Duncan, a fringey AAAA player

  • Missing Cano

    Yanks trade O’Brien for Prado

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Peter O’Brien for Prado.

    I’ll now sit back and watch you all flip out.

  • Fistin’ That Posey

    Did Cashman seriously give the D’backs O’Brien for Prado?

    • TheRealGreg

      Yes and I love it. O’Brien is power and nothing else. Prado is under team control for 2 years and is a versatile player.

    • CountryClub

      That’s a steal.

  • nycsportzfan

    The Yanks traded Peter O’Brien and PTBNL for Prado. Prado will be around for awhile. Kelly Johnson was traded for Stephen Drew.. Prado is a good player and has always hit. I like that addition. Drew for KJ is just ho-hum for me. But at least Drew is healthy and is better defensively.

  • HansDavenport

    No expectations. No problem.

  • goodlord

    Can Rab trade Drew for a better server?

  • JustaJagielo

    Some jerk on MLB radio said it probably cost the Yankees Severino to get Prado. That can’t be true right? Please tell me that’s not true….

    • W.B. Mason Williams

      O’Brien

    • Evan3457

      Player to be named later and O’Brien.
      There’s no reason why Severino couldn’t be named now, so I’d have to assume it’s not Severino.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make.

    Severino, Judge, Jagielo, Bird, Clarkin and Refsnyder are all still Yankee farmhands.

    Prado is a very good righty bat.

    Given what was available, I don’t really see what the Yankees could have done. Gone after Hammel maybe?

    All reports point to Amaro being insane in the membrane. Insane, got no brain in talks over Byrd and Hamels.

    Not a lot of light at the end of this year’s tunnel, but I’m optimistic for the future.

    • nycsportzfan

      The Yanks are hoping the guys they spent big money on turn it up. You hope Beltran stays hot and McCann continues to hit like he did in July, and Tex stays healthy, as well as Ells snaps outta his cold streak(which he will). Then you add Headley, Prado, Drew, and McCarthy for basically only O’Brien.. Not bad. People really under estimate how a Headley hitting 7th and Prado 8th is lengthening the lineup.

  • thomas

    Many on here wanted Drew bad in the off-season, now he is a bad trade. I wish those of you who wanted him would have the B*lls to admit it. I never wanted him then and I don’t want him now.

  • Dro413

    Yanks just acquired Martin Prado from Arizona.

  • Scott

    Looks like the Yanks got Prado too, for Pete O’Brien. Cue the “Cashman failed because O’Brien is going to hit 70 HRs in the big leagues”

    • Mike

      O’Brien is an average prospect. Prado is a cornerstone player. Good trade.

  • JustaJagielo

    Prado for OBrien. Ugh

  • Bret The Hitman

    Always wanted Prado – happy if true!

    • JustaJagielo

      Confirmed

  • Ken

    It feels like the season has ended, mostly because Detroit, Oakland, and LA have improved themselves so much while we essentially stood pat. Who knows if a good deal can still be had on waivers?

    • Bob

      Gonna be an exciting postseason, just not for Yankees.

  • nycsportzfan

    This lineup looks pretty freaking good if you ask me

    1). Brett Gardner LF
    2). Derek Jeter SS
    3). Jacoby Ellsbury CF
    4). Carlos Beltran DH
    5). Mark Tiexera 1B
    6). Brian McCann C
    7). Chase Headley 3B
    8). Martin Prado RF
    9). Stephen Drew 2B

    Nothing wrong with that.

    • JustaJagielo

      It’s still bad. Don’t look at the names, look at their numbers…

      • nycsportzfan

        They all have shown the ability to have big yrs. Drew now has the short porch to take aim at, and is just as good defensively as B.Ryan. Prado has always hit and has a pretty good career OBP.. Headley is all ready proving to be a good addition. Thats a deep lineup man, your nuts.

        • JustaJagielo

          I hope you’re right man. I just don’t see Prado and Drew carrying us. It’s really more dependent on MCCann, Beltran and Tex hitting.

          • nycsportzfan

            They won’t carry us but they’ll lengthen the lineup. I don’t know if your old enough to remember Scott Brosius, Mariano Duncan, Chad Curtis, and guys like that, but Prado and Headley give us bottom of the order similar to when those guys were around. Its tough to have a bottom order that looks like the Yanks is gonna.

    • nycsportzfan

      Ben- Ichiro
      Ben- Cervelli
      Ben- Ryan or Roberts
      Ben- Almonte

  • JOhn C

    anybody still complaining is an idiot!! Face it! Rays were NOT going to trade Price to Yanks no matter what was rumored. Also, just about every GM said the same thing,. Yanks just don’t have the chips to do a major deal. Replacing Ichiro and Roberts with Prado and Drew is quite an upgrade!

    • JustaJagielo

      You had me until you said Drew was an upgrade at anything.

    • nycsportzfan

      Rays are dumb. I’d much rather of traded for a package of say G.Sanchez, Severino, and A.Warren , over Nick Franklin and Drew Smyly.

      I don’t know what Yanks offered or if they did, just saying, I think the Rays kinda got hosed.

      • Evan3457

        Rays also got SS prospect Willy Adames from the Tigers.
        He’s in the low minors, but is supposedly a good prospect.

        One guy at Baseball Prospectus called him the best middle infield prospect the Tigerts have.

        • nycsportzfan

          I still don’t get it. Never liked Drew.S(screw his name.lol) and thought hes been kinda overrtaed and Nick Franklin is terrible. I mean, how in the world dosen’t a Adam Warren, G.Sanchez, A.Avelino trade not sound better then that? Or even a Refs,Murphy, and Lail, or something?

  • JOhn C

    O’Brien has light tower power but that’s about all. Shelley Duncan II

  • JustaJagielo

    Cashman did a hell of a job, I’m just not a fan of trading a good prospect when you are not getting an impact guy back. Prado is a good player, but it doesn’t change much overall.

    • Evan3457

      Prado might be 2nd or 3rd baseman for Yanks the next two years.

      • JustaJagielo

        Hope so. I haven’t seen his contract info

        • Evan3457

          $11 million a year for both 2015 and 2016.

    • nycsportzfan

      They managed to do everything they did(mccarthy,prado,headley,drew,capuano) for only really one solid prospect(obrien). Thats pretty impressive. Like I said, headley hitting 7th and Prado 8th and Drew 9th is pretty sweet 7-9. Now Ichiro and Roberts can be solid off the bench vets who when healthy and rested can still be dangerous as Pinch Hitters, Pinch Runners, Spot starters. Well done Cashman.

      • Evan3457

        And O’Brien is essentially a one-tool prospect at that.
        He has 70 power, but his hit tool isn’t nearly as good.

        • nycsportzfan

          I mean, i’m not gonna say losing him dosent sting a bit, but he does have the question mark about his swing being a bit to long, and some wonder how he’ll overall hit down the line. He did hit 291BA overall last yr and hit very well at Tampa this yr, so lets not get on em to much, but still, hes a double AA player who has question marks. Prado is only 30yrs old and has always hit. I mean, he was hitting 280BA like 4days ago. Hes got a career OBP nearing 350BA and has alittle pop in the bat. ALso hes Right handed which was a need and versatile. Even bigger is it gets Roberts and Ichiro to the bench where I think they could be possibly deadly. I love vets like them on the bench. They get to stay rested and do what they have always done, just get hits from time to time and don’t embaress in your spot starts. And both have some speed which is a plus.

  • Bronx_Boy

    Line-up & defense much improved in last 3 weeks. Didn’t lose much to get there. Cash did good.

    • nycsportzfan

      To think about the bottom of the lineup now, with the fact Beltran and McCann seem to be hitting, along with Ells and Gardy atop the lineup card, you almost gotta say, on paper, the Yanks lineup 1-9 has studly potential. This team has the potential to go on a run. If we get Pineda and/or Tanaka back, would be even better.

  • IVoted4Kodos

    I actually really like what the Yankees did today. A lot of the really big name pieces were coming from within the division and would have been really tough to pry away. I’d hate to have to overpay and lose out on a bunch of young players for one guy. Besides, I’m not sure the Yankees had the desirable, nearly MLB ready chips that other teams were looking for. The only option would probably be to try to overwhelm with quantity, an idea that I hate.

    And for everyone saying how terrible Drew is, remember that he sat out for a half season. His terrible numbers in June reflect a player that was taking his spring training while everyone else was in midseason form. His numbers have gotten much better as time has gone on. He’s not great, but there’s a good chance he’s much better than Roberts/Johnson in overall value.

    The Yankees probably won’t make the playoffs again this year. That’s okay. I’m not sure what move they could have realistically made this year to drastically increase their chances. I know every was screaming for a power bat, but who exactly was available? Byrd/Willingham aren’t likely to turn the season around. And who better was truly available?

    Enjoy the fact that the Yankees are a better team today than yesterday. Hope a couple hitters finally get hot. Most of all be thankful the Yankees didn’t gut their farm for a marginal upgrade. We’ll all be happy about that in a couple years.

  • Roundin’ third

    Prado at least seems like he can hit, decently if not spectacularly. Drew was one of the most overrated players in the off season, and has done his best to prove just how overrated he was since coming back. This makes no sense to me at all.

  • Jorge Steinbrennee

    Just finished driving for an hour.

    My reaction to this:

    BWAHAHAHAHHAHAHHA!

    YOU WANTED STEPHEN DREW?!?! YOU GOT STEPHEN DREW!

    *drops mic*

    • Farewell Mo

      Finally!!!!!!!

  • dc1874

    Roberts has been DFA

    • Evan3457

      Confirmed by multiple sources.

  • Tags

    MLBtraderumors says Roberts has been DFA’d

  • Roundin’ third

    Meant to add to my above post, some times the best deals are the ones you don’t make. Steven Drew should not have been made.

  • Mike Myers

    i dont understand the Prado move. He is terrible.

  • MG

    I certainly see getting both Prado and Drew as a huge upgrade over Roberts/Johnson/Solarte/Wheeler/Ryan at the bottom of the order.

    I am assuming Headley will start playing some outfield with Drew at 3rd and Prado at 2nd but whatever they do it upgrades the team.

    And, if they can get Beltran back into right field a few times a week it gives them the option to have Jeter DH most of those games and play Drew at SS.

    This is a huge upgrade for them both offensively and defensively-they need to make a strong move pretty quickly so let’s hope the much longer lineup starts scoring some runs on a consisten basis.

    • JustaJagielo

      I think Prado in RF, Drew at 2B, Roberts released. Ryan is util. Just a guess.

  • JustaJagielo

    Prado is due 11 million in ’15 and ’16.

  • Farewell Mo

    Great trade deadline for Cashman and god knows I’m far from his biggest fan.

    McCarthy, Headley, Prado and Drew for essentially nothing of future value.

    They got a bit better this year and gave them themselves a fighting change to make the playoffs without mortgaging any of their future.

    Kudos to Cashman for not blowing the future in a year when Detroit and Oakland are light years better regardless of anything he could have done.

    • mustang

      ALL THIS!!!!!!!

      Well done.

  • CashIsNotMoney

    I guess Mike can finally stfu about getting his boner crush Drew now…..

    It’s good to see Cashman has a solid plan with this team going forward which is to throw other teams shit at the wall and hope it sticks after the original shit he threw at the wall has already hit the ground. Can’t believe the effin Mets are looking in better shape for the future than the Yanks.