MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH


As the clock expired on the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday afternoon, the Yankees made some moves to bolster their lineup, acquiring outfielder Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks and infielder Stephen Drew from the rival Red Sox. They also claimed reliever Esmil Rogers on waivers from the Blue Jays.

"I think we're going to compete. I think we're improved," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com. "We're going to find out if it's enough or not."

Drew, who played shortstop in Boston, will join the Yankees as a likely second baseman as New York planned to designate veteran Brian Roberts for assignment. Drew was dealt for light-hitting infielder Kelly Johnson, who had signed with the Yankees on Dec. 6.

It was the first trade between the Yankees and Red Sox since Aug. 13, 1997.

"The Drew stuff happened today," Cashman said. "I threw an idea Boston's way when they started moving and shaking as much as they were. Once they declared themselves the way they did, I floated a text (general manager) Ben Cherington's way and we worked really quickly off of that."

Drew, 31, signed a one-year contract with Boston on May 29 extending through the 2014 season. He is batting .176 in 39 games in 2014.

Drew can play third or short. He's most likely to slot in at second base with Derek Jeter entrenched at shortstop and Chase Headley, acquired from the San Diego Padres, at third.

Prado comes over from the Diamondbacks for slugger Peter O'Brien. Prado, in the middle of a four-year, $40 million contract, can play seven positions, and is likely to see time in the outfield and at second base for the Yankees.

Prado, 30, is hitting .270 with five homers and 42 RBIs this season. He has a career .290 batting average with the Braves and Diamondbacks and primarily played third base in Arizona.

"That is one of the attractive things about Martin Prado, is that he can play a lot of different positions," Cashman told MLB.com. "I think (manager) Joe (Girardi) is going to have fun with that."

O'Brien, a right-handed power hitter, has 33 home runs between Class A and Double-A this season, but he did not have an everyday position with the Yankees. The Diamondbacks also receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.

The left-handed Rogers had a 6.97 ERA in 16 relief appearances with the Blue Jays this season before being designated for assignment on July 27. He also saw time at Triple-A Buffalo, going 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 12 games (seven starts).

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MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - NOTES, QUOTES


RECORD: 55-52

STREAK: Lost one

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