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New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman Reacts to MLB Trade Deadline Moves

July 31st, 2014 at 5:53 PM
By Michael Moraitis

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was busy making incremental upgrades to the roster before 4 p.m. struck on July 31, which is the deadline for trades in Major League Baseball.

Before even making the deals for Stephen Drew and Martin Prado, Cashman had to ask his bosses to take on some extra payroll:

Overall, was Cashman happy with the deals he made?

 

Stephen Drew

Cashman added Drew from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Kelly Johnson in what amounts to a pretty fair swap for both sides. The Yanks will also receive some cash from Beantown in the deal and an upgrade in the field.

Cashman has made it clear Drew will be playing second baseeven though he's never played there beforeinstead of Brian Roberts, who has been designated for assignment.

Roberts was just two plate appearances shy of getting a $250,000 bonus, but clearly the Yankees had no intention of letting him reach that mark as he has sat the past few games. The Yankees said it was because of injuries, however Roberts has disputed that.

Cashman said the DFA of Roberts had nothing to do with his bonus:

Sure it wasn't.

Along with Chase Headley, Drew will be auditioning for next year's team when the shortstop position will be open for the first time in nearly two decades following Derek Jeter's retirement.

 

Martin Prado

Cashman also pulled the trigger on a deal for Martin Prado of the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for power-hitting prospect Peter O'Brien.

Despite the majority of his experience in the MLB being in the infield, Prado does have some experience playing the outfield as well and will see some time there with the Yankees.

Prado has only played two innings in right field during his career, but that hasn't fazed Cashman at all:

More than likely Prado will slide back into the infield next season after Jeter retires and the Yanks have openings at both shortstop and second base, with the possibility of third base being an opening as well. Prado is signed through the 2016 season.

 

Yanks in on Jon Lester and David Price?

Obviously Cashman was willing to talk to the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox about David Price and Jon Lester, respectively, but the Yanks' GM didn't feel like either team would make a deal with their division rival:

In the late hours of the MLB trade deadline, the Yankees were said to be talking to the Rays about Price still, but nothing ended up happening and it turned out the Yanks were never frontrunners for the left-hander.

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