Yankees acquire Martin Prado, Stephen Drew at trade deadline
The Yankees have had an eventful season, if nothing else. The starting rotation is virtually unrecognizable to what it was to start the season, with Hiroki Kuroda the only remaining pitcher from the opening day rotation. However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman felt the offense was the real need for the Yanks, opting to acquire two bats at the deadline instead of addressing the starting rotation.
In two separate deals, the Yankees acquired SS Stephen Drew from their rival Boston Red Sox for Kelly Johnson, and also acquired utility man Martin Prado from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league prospect Peter O’Brien.
You could argue the Yankees needed to further address their rotation, but the moves they made, though not flashy, are solid. They managed to upgrade their roster without giving up top level prospects. They were rumored to be involved in the David Price sweepstakes, which was ultimately won by the Detroit Tigers, but Price being traded within the division was always a long shot.
The biggest upgrade the Yankees can hope for is the health of ace Masahiro Tanaka, as he will be crucial to any run to the playoffs and beyond.
Frank Santos- NY Sports-Kings Co-Manager