Deadline Deals: Yankees Add Stephen Drew, Martin Prado
The New York Yankees may not have made the biggest splash at Thursday’s trade deadline, but they made two moves that they hope will be incremental upgrades to the roster.
The first deal was with the Boston Red Sox, of all teams. The Sox, who had already parted with Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, John Lackey and Andrew Miller earlier in the day, sent shortstop Stephen Drew to the Bronx for infielder Kelly Johnson, as first reported by ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes.
The Yankees showed a lot of interest in Drew during the offseason, but the 31-yar-old went without a team until he signed a one-year, pro-rated $14.1 million deal with Boston. He is batting .176 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 39 games. While those numbers leave much to be desired, he does have a .477 slugging percentage and .806 OPS in his last 20 games. Drew will be the Yankees second baseman going forward.
Johnson is currently on the disabled list.
The second deal saw the Bombers land jack-of-all trades Martin Prado from the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal was first reported by Jack Curry of the YES Network. A versatile player, Prado has played first, second, third, shortstop left field, and right field in his career, though he has primarily called the hot corner and left home. He only has two career innings in right, but that looks to be where he is heading.
A .290 career hitter, Prado also brings solid contact to the order. He is batting .270 with five home runs and 42 runners knocked in this year.
In exchange for Prado, the Yankees sent prospect Peter O’Brien to Arizona. O’Brien has a lot of pop, as he has hit 33 homers this season, but has a poor overall approach at the plate and has yet to find a true position.
In related deadline news, the Yankees designated second baseman Brian Roberts for assignment. Roberts was batting .237 this season and just .200 since the All-Star break.
They also claimed pitcher Esmil Rogers off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. In a corresponding move, they released infielder Scott Sizemore.
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