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New York–The Yankees have found themselves in the shortstop abyss, and needing a way out – they managed to snag one of the most premier defensive shortstops in the majors.
As initially reported by MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, the Yankees have attained shortstop Brendan Ryan from the Mariners for a player to be named later.
If you required any additional clue that Derek Jeter‘s left ankle tenderness is a worry, this would be it. Ryan is one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball, but he is also a .238/.300/.320 hitter in 2,583 career major league at bats.
Since the trade occurred after August 31, Ryan will not be eligible for New York’s postseason roster.
Ryan has started 79 games at shortstop for the M’s in 2013, a year detached from being the full-time starter at the spot.
Ryan was on the hot seat in Seattle, and the team just wasn’t willing to settle for his bat to any further extent. He didn’t have to hit much to validate being a daily player, but there is definitely a boundary to how bad he could be, and Ryan crossed that line.. Brad Miller’s success has closed the window on his opportunity’s thus far , and there hasn’t been much room for him anyhow.