Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Yankees add righty 1B/3B WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees don't do anything major. They do add a first/third baseman, Casey McGehee from the Pirates. He's a right-handed bat and helps them with Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira out.
DEMPSTER IN THE DUMPSTER: The Yankees did have conversations on Ryan Dempster, but he ends up with the Texas Rangers. For the Yankees, it is unclear how much of an upgrade he would be over what they already have. We get into the details here.
WHAT THEY DID: They traded Chad Qualls to Pittsburgh for McGehee. Qualls had no place on the roster with Joba Chamberlain due back real soon. The trade also means Ramiro Pena's days are numbered. In 2010, McGehee hit .285 with 23 homers and drove in 104 with Milwaukee. (Sadly, he was at .230/8/35 so far this year.) He will play first and third in A-Rod's absence.
THEY ALREADY MADE THEIR BIG DEAL: Getting Ichiro Suzuki to play the outfield was the Yankees' big deal before the break. Ichiro's acquisition looks pretty good at the moment; especially with Mark Teixeira's injury. Though Teixiera doesn't appear to be hurt badly, Ichiro presence makes it easier for Joe Girardi to shift Nick Swisher to first base.
WHERE WAS THE NEED? If you wanted to argue the Yankees needed to improve their pitching, I don't think even Brian Cashman would argue. Though that has been a strength, Cashman is always thinking pitching. But the Yankees were out of the Cliff Lee game and there was no obvious upgrade over what they have right now. When Cashman talks, we'll find out how seriously they considered Dempster.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Are you satisfied with this Yankee team?