Via Buster Olney, the Yankees have claimed outfielder/first baseman Chad Huffman from the Padres. He was designated for assignment earlier this week to make room on their roster for Matt Stairs. The 24-year-old righty hitter was ranked as San Diego’s 21st best prospect coming into the season by Baseball America, who noted his ability to murder fastballs and his susceptibility to offspeed stuff. Limited to first base or left field, Huffman’s just an okay defensive player who won’t steal any bases. In other words, this is purely a Triple-A depth move.
The Yankees had an open spot on their 40-man roster following the release of Chad Gaudin, so there’s no other move coming. Remember, former Padres’ GM Kevin Towers is now a special adviser for the Yanks, so I’m certain he had some input on this move.