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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Yankees land infielders Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at Deadline

Welcome to succeeding Derek Jeter, Stephen Drew. Hope you survive the experience!

With the Red Sox taking part in a full-scale roster makeover on Thursday, the Yankees took the opportunity to get in on the action and upgrade their infield, completing their first trade with Boston since 1997.

Stephen Drew will suit up in Fenway’s visitors’ clubhouse when the American League East rivals meet on Friday evening, having been acquired by the Yankees in exchange for infielder Kelly Johnson.

The Yankees weren’t done bolstering their infield there, however. Veteran utility man Martin Prado is also headed to the Bronx, with the Yankees sending the D-backs catching prospect Peter O’Brien—ranked No. 9 among Yanks prospects by MLB.com before the deal—and a player to be named or cash…

Drew has played only shortstop during his nine-year Major League career, but that is expected to change with Derek Jeter installed at the position for his final big league season; Drew could take over at second base for Brian Roberts…

The Yankees announced a smaller addition in the hours leading up to Thursday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, claiming right-hander Esmil Rogers off waivers from the Blue Jays…

The Yankees unconditionally released infielder Scott Sizemore, who was with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

 

The District Attorney Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:42 PM | 38 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: blue jays, diamondbacks, esmil rogers, kelly johnson, martin prado, peter o'brien, red sox, scott sizemore, stephen drew, trades, transactions, yankees

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   1. joeysdadjoe Posted: July 31, 2014 at 06:57 PM (#4762096)
I'm thinking the best alignment is Drew ss , Prado 2b, Beltran RF and Jeter DH. I know it's not happening.
   2. Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:02 PM (#4762101)
Veteran utility man Martin Prado


even if Prado keeps changing position that's an odd thing to call someone who averaged over 600 PAs a year from 2009-2013 and is on pace to clear that again this year.
   3. valuearbitrageur Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:06 PM (#4762105)
That Upton trade just keeps paying dividends for the DBacks!
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:10 PM (#4762109)
My fantasy team wants to know if Headley loses playing time because of these moves? Or maybe Jeter has a secret injury
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:13 PM (#4762112)
even if Prado keeps changing position that's an odd thing to call someone who averaged over 600 PAs a year from 2009-2013 and is on pace to clear that again this year.

You could ever call him "former All-Star Martin Prado". Or "Martin Prado, who was 20th in All-Star voting in 2012".
   6. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:15 PM (#4762113)
That Upton trade just keeps paying dividends for the DBacks!
BUT TEH GRIT!
   7. bigglou115 Posted: July 31, 2014 at 07:39 PM (#4762136)
I would also like to point out the Yankees are the third organization to look at Kelly Johnson and decide to replace him with Martin Prado. Prado'd better get used to clam chowder.
   8. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4762162)
The Yankees will designate Brian Roberts for assignment to clear a roster spot for the recently acquired Martin Prado, Brian Cashman told reporters. Roberts, who was lifted for a pinch-hitter on Monday and did not play Tuesday or Wednesday, was only two plate appearances shy of triggering a $250k bonus in his contract. The team cited general soreness and fatigue as reasons for the mini-benching.


Hmmm, that sure seems calculated in advance. I wonder if the MLBPA will get involved.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: July 31, 2014 at 09:19 PM (#4762195)
My fantasy team wants to know if Headley loses playing time because of these moves? Or maybe Jeter has a secret injury

Maybe a bit but I'd guess we'll see Prado rotating 2B/3B/RF/DH maybe even 1B on Tex's off days. As the switch-hitter (and hitting well so far) Headley should come out tops in playing time.
   10. Howie Menckel Posted: July 31, 2014 at 10:01 PM (#4762216)
vibe is Prado to RF the most.

and don't forget that with 56 career MLB games at 1B, he is by far the best choice there once Tex gets hurt again.
   11. zonk Posted: July 31, 2014 at 10:07 PM (#4762219)
Ha, Esmil Rogers....

He's the baseball version of Ann Veal.

Him?
   12. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 10:08 PM (#4762221)
I'm thinking the best alignment is Drew ss , Prado 2b, Beltran RF and Jeter DH. I know it's not happening
.

Aside from the Jeter-Drew issue (hilarious to see a team that is supposedly serious about its playoff hopes playing Jeter over Drew at the position), apparently Beltran now refuses to play the outfield. At least, according to Mike Francesa (I know).

Who knows what's going on (is Beltran hurt?) but Beltran hasn't played the field since May 11th. He had been playing the field regularly to that point and then the switch was simply flipped off.
   13. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 10:16 PM (#4762224)
Who knows what's going on (is Beltran hurt?) but Beltran hasn't played the field since May 11th. He had been playing the field regularly to that point and then the switch was simply flipped off.


Uh, yeah ... he's got a bone spur in his throwing elbow that will very likely require offseason surgery ...
   14. Blastin Posted: July 31, 2014 at 10:45 PM (#4762240)
WHO KNOWS WHAT'S GOING ON, COB? WHO KNOWS? NO ONE.
   15. Sonic Youk Posted: July 31, 2014 at 11:01 PM (#4762251)
The Yankees got two players who can help them, and are just going to play them out of position for no reason.
   16. Ray (RDP) Posted: July 31, 2014 at 11:32 PM (#4762263)
WHO KNOWS WHAT'S GOING ON, COB? WHO KNOWS? NO ONE.


Whatever.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: July 31, 2014 at 11:45 PM (#4762265)

Drew has never played 2B, so why not start now
Prado life of 2B-3B-LF and occasional 1B and SS, so how hard will RF be, asks a team that had Cervelli and McCann manning the first base bag for the 1st time ever or since high school

is this what the fall of the Roman Empire looked like?
   18. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:08 AM (#4762276)
Emperor Jeter, TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO DIE!!!
   19. Walt Davis Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:21 AM (#4762283)
The Yankees got two players who can help them, and are just going to play them out of position for no reason.

Of course they have "reason". Shockingly, they are choosing (primarily) to play franchise icon Derek Jeter more than Ichiro.

We can point out for the 15 millionth time that Jeter shouldn't still be playing SS cuz maybe this time will be the charm but he's not going to DH because Beltran is not going to RF. One might then note that Derek Jeter has never played anywhere but SS (other than DH) so moving him to 2B or 3B would be really, really, really weird.

They had major holes at 3B, 2B and RF. They've addressed 3B, 2B and at least part of RF while also giving themselves a bit more flexibility thanks to Prado.

Now if the Yanks had a chance to pick up, I dunno, Brandon Phillips and a real RF then maybe there's a complaint here. Or we could note that the Yanks are 3 back of Toronto (who made no moves?) and maybe shouldn't be going for it.
   20. shoewizard Posted: August 01, 2014 at 01:07 AM (#4762314)
Upton as Brave: 6.0 fWAR, 4.9 bWAR since the trade
Prado as DBack: 3.5 fWAR, 4.1 bWAR since the trade

bWAR actually pretty close. Prado's value was all glove and positional adjustment for AZ. He just didn't hit enough outside July-August last year, and July this year.


Johnson as Brave: 3.2 fWAR,, 1.3 b WAR since the trade.
Delgado as DBacK: 0.3 fWAR, -0.2 b WAR since the trade.

Nick Ahmed batting .250/.250/.346 so far in 53 MLB PA. Two seconds after I posted in a game thread tonight that he was looking for his first major league walk he hit his first major league homer....ha ha

Slick glove. No doubt there.

21 yr. old Brandon Drury in CAL League hitting .298/.365/.519, .884 OPS 127 wRC+, 19 HR, 80 RBI and 8.1% walk rate, 15.8% K Rate.

Not bad.

Trade could still work out ok for the D Backs if Ahmed and Drury contribute to the next good D Backs team.
   21. TerpNats Posted: August 01, 2014 at 12:19 PM (#4762504)
In 2015, Stephen Drew will discover how Doug DeCinces and Charlie Hayes felt in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

And it increasingly looks as if Jeter's final three games (at Fenway Sept. 26-28) won't have postseason implications for either team, as both the Yanks and Bosox could miss the playoffs for the first time since wild-card playoffs began in 1995. Of course, that won't stop the media from giving the series more coverage than final-weekend showdowns in five of the six divisions (no one will catch Detroit in the AL Central).
   22. Dale Sams Posted: August 01, 2014 at 01:10 PM (#4762553)
WHO KNOWS WHAT'S GOING ON, COB? WHO KNOWS? NO ONE.


"Lawgiver who knows the future?"
"Only the dead my child, only the dead."
   23. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 01, 2014 at 01:21 PM (#4762563)
In 2015, Stephen Drew will discover how Doug DeCinces and Charlie Hayes felt in Baltimore and Philadelphia.


He's a free agent after this season, I'm not sure he'll be with the Yankees next year. They may be giving him a two-month audition.

Tino Martinez replaced Don Mattingly and got booed. Now he's getting a plaque on the wall in Monument Park. Fans stop comparing you to the last guy when you play well.
   24. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 01, 2014 at 01:32 PM (#4762570)
I have this eerie feeling the Yankees are going to sneak in. The baseball gods have their moments and might gift Jeter, Fox and Selig one last Yankee playoff run.
   25. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 01, 2014 at 02:34 PM (#4762639)
I have this eerie feeling the Yankees are going to sneak in. The baseball gods have their moments and might gift Jeter, Fox and Selig one last Yankee playoff run.


That wouldn't be the work of any entity I'd call a god.

   26. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 01, 2014 at 02:46 PM (#4762644)
That wouldn't be the work of any entity I'd call a god.


There is not God. There is only The Jeter.
   27. Nasty Nate Posted: August 01, 2014 at 02:49 PM (#4762646)
I can't help but paraphrase a Calvin & Hobbes quote:

I don't know if your grasp of baseball analysis or theology is more appalling.
   28. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 01, 2014 at 03:49 PM (#4762675)
I have this eerie feeling the Yankees are going to sneak in. The baseball gods have their moments and might gift Jeter, Fox and Selig one last Yankee playoff run.

If Tanaka & Pineda can come back & contribute, and the other "contenders" continue to muddle along, the Yankees could make the playoffs. They'll have to do well in the 9 games against the now trade-depleted Red Sox to have a chance.
   29. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 04:13 PM (#4762701)
That Upton trade just keeps paying dividends for the DBacks!


Jokes about Upton aside, O'Brien's a better return than I expected them to get for Prado.
   30. Ray (RDP) Posted: August 01, 2014 at 04:48 PM (#4762731)
Pineda, YC? Please.
   31. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:05 PM (#4762748)
They'll have to do well in the 9 games against the now trade-depleted Red Sox to have a chance.


With the Sox pitching staff as it is currently constituted I think those are their least important games. I suspect all the contenders will beat up on the Sox, the key will be the head to heads with Toronto and Baltimore.
   32. rconn23 Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:06 PM (#4762751)
"Jokes about Upton aside, O'Brien's a better return than I expected them to get for Prado."

O'Brien is Shelly Duncan version 2.0. Can't see where you play him in the NL.
   33. Dale Sams Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:15 PM (#4762756)
With the Sox pitching staff as it is currently constituted I think those are their least important games. I suspect all the contenders will beat up on the Sox, the key will be the head to heads with Toronto and Baltimore.


14-41 to lose 100 games. It's gonna be tough. Players like Cespedes and Craig simply bring more heft to the lineup.
   34. Nasty Nate Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:19 PM (#4762759)
Players like Cespedes and Craig simply bring more heft to the lineup.


I don't even know what this sentence means.
   35. Dale Sams Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4762762)
I don't even know what this sentence means.


It means they'll flip ya. Flip ya for real.
   36. Lindor Truffles Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4762768)
It means they'll flip ya. Flip ya for real.


Is it Friday already?
   37. tfbg9 Posted: August 01, 2014 at 05:42 PM (#4762780)
I suspect all the contenders will beat up on the Sox, the key will be the head to heads with Toronto and Baltimore


The Red Sox are slight favorites to win tonight's game. Surprised me.
   38. Nasty Nate Posted: August 01, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#4762802)
The Sox just got worse on paper, but it wouldn't surprise me if they have better results going forward than so far, simply because it's not that hard for a bad team to beat a .444 winning percentage over 55 games ... and also because the baseball gods act in mysterious ways.

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