Yankees trade for Martin Prado

The Yankees have acquired Martin Prado from Arizona (Heyman and Curry, July 31). The Yankees will deal Peter O’Brien to Arizona.

Prado, an infielder and outfielder, is hitting .270 with a .317 OBP and .370 slugging percentage this season. He had 17 doubles, four triples and five home runs. In his career, over nine years with Atlanta and Arizona, he is a .290 hitter with a .340 OBP.

Prado is signed through 2016 and is due $11 million in each of the next two seasons.

He will primarily play in right field, GM Brian Cashman said.

O’Brien, in 72 games at Double-A this season, is hitting .245 with a .296 OBP and .555 slugging percentage. He has 14 doubles, 23 home runs and 51 RBI.


Yankees acquire Stephen Drew from Boston

The Yankees have acquired Stephen Drew from the Boston Red Sox (Olney, July 31). The Yankees will send Kelly Johnson and cash considerations to Boston.

The Red Sox signed Drew to a one-year, $10 million deal in May (, May 20). The Yankees will reportedly pay the rest of Drew’s deal, roughly $5 million (McAdam, July 31). The Red Sox sent New York $500,000 according to multiple reports.

Over 39 games with Boston this year, Drew is hitting .176 with a .255 OBP. He has six doubles, one tirple and four home runs. He has 14 walks and 39 strikeouts.

Brian Roberts will be designated for assignment to make room for Drew on the roster. Roberts hit .237 with a .300 OBP in 91 games with the Yankees.

Yankees claim Esmil Rogers off waivers

The Yankees have claimed Esmil Rogers off waivers from the Blue Jays (Curry, July 31).

Rogers was designated for assignment earlier this week.

This season, in 16 games with Toronto, Rogers has a 6.97 ERA and 1.694 WHIP over 20 2/3 innings.

To make room for Rogers, the Yankees unconditionally released Scott Sizemore.

Yanks, White Sox talking Danks, Viciedo

The Yankees are talking to the White Sox about dealing for lefty John Danks or outfielder Dayan Viciedo (King, July 31).

Chicago has recently been scouting the Yankees Double-A team, too.

Danks is signed through 2016 and is due $14.25 million a year. He has a 4.40 ERA this season.

Viciedo is hitting .238 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI over 102 games. He is eligible for arbitration next season.

What’s on Tap for Thursday, July 31

The Yankees (55-52) are off on Thursday, which is the non-waiver trade deadline (at 4 p.m.).

The Yankees open a three-game series against the Red Sox in Boston on Friday at 7:10 p.m ET.

In case you missed it…

The Yankees lost to the Rangers by the score of 3-2 on Thursday night in Texas >> Read more at NYYFans

The Yankees are interested in acquiring Philadelphia’s Marlon Byrd prior to the trade deadline.

Joe Girardi is worried about potentially overusing the bullpen >> Read more

Yankees considering Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd

The Yankees are looking at Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd as the trade deadline nears (CBSSports, July 30).

Byrd, in his second stint with Philadelphia, his seventh major league team, is hitting .273 with 20 home runs and 60 RBI. He was 4-for-5 Monday in the Phillies’ 7-1 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.

Byrd, 36, signed a two-year contract with Philadelphia and is owed $8 million for next season.

Game Recap: Rangers 3 – Yankees 2

Result: The Yankees lost the series finale to the Rangers, 3-2, Wednesday night in Texas.

MLB: New York Yankees at Texas Rangers

Need to Know: Hiroki Kuroda looked like he was going to be in for a short outing Wednesday after allowing three runs in the first inning. Kuroda ended up giving the Yanks an additional six innings and didn’t allow a run the rest of the way. Brett Gardner continued his power surge, hitting his fourth home run in three nights. Unfortunately for the Yankees, all four of Gardner’s homers have been of the solo variety. Jacoby Ellsbury also connected on a solo home run and Carlos Beltran had a two-hit night in an otherwise quiet game for the Yankees’ offense. Derek Jeter went hitless in his final game in Arlington.

Game Ball: Kuroda, who kept the Yankees in the game when it looked like it might get away from New York early.

Links: Box score

What’s Next: The Yankees have the day off Thursday and begin a three-game series against the Red Sox on Friday. Chris Capuano (1-1, 4.30 ERA) starts for the Yankees opposite Boston’s John Lackey (11-7, 3.60).

MLB: New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels

Derek Jeter’s Texas farewell includes gift from George W. Bush

George W. Bush was among the gift-givers Wednesday in the latest stop on Derek Jeter’s farewell tourin Arlington, Texas (Star-Ledger, July 30). The former president gave the Yankees shortstop a framed picture of the two taken Oct. 30, 2001, before Game 3 of the World Series.

Before Bush took the Yankee Stadium mound for the first pitch in ’01,  Jeter told him “Don’t bounce it, or they’ll boo you,” and suggested the president should throw from in front of the mound. Instead, Bush stepped on the rubber and made an accurate throw to catcher Todd Greene, touching off an emotional ovation from fans six weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Among the Rangers’ other gifts was a custom-made pair of cowboy boots presented by former Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez.  Jeter had much success in Arlington in his 20-year career, hitting .329 with 40 RBI.  That’s his third-most RBI in parks outside the American League East.

What’s on Tap for Wednesday, July 30

The Yankees (55-51) wrap up their three-game series with the Rangers (42-65) on Wednesday in Texas at 8:05 p.m.

Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 3.99 ERA) gets the start for the Yankees, opposed by Colby Lewis (6-8, 6.23 ERA) for the Rangers.

In case you missed it…

The Yankees held off a late Rangers rally to win a wild, 12-11 game on Tuesday night in Texas >> Read more at NYYFans

Mark Teixeira returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday night for the first time since July 20.

Michael Pineda tossed 45 pitches during a three-inning simulated game on Tuesday, and is set to begin a rehab assignment >> Read more

Game recap: Yankees 12 – Rangers 11

Result: The Yankees snapped their three-game losing streak, rallying from 4-1 down, then holding on for a 12-11 win on Tuesday night over the Texas Rangers.

MLB: New York Yankees at Texas Rangers

Need to Know: Brett Gardner continued his hot streak, registering four hits and falling just a triple shy of the cycle. Gardner scored three runs, including one in the Yanks’ seven-run sixth inning, in which 11 came to the plate. Derek Jeter added two hits in five trips, raising his batting average to .280, and Mark Teixeira homered in his return to the lineup after missing nine games with a lat strain.

J.P. Arencibia had a grand slam and seven RBIs in the loss. Brandon McCarthy had his worst outing as a Yankee, allowing four runs in six innings, but still improved to 3-0 in pinstripes. David Robertson was shaky, entering with a three-run lead and allowing the winning run to reach second base, but still recorded his 27th save.

Game Ball: Gardner, who wrecked havoc on the Rangers defense, also robbed Shin-Soo Choo of extra bases in the third inning.

Links:  | Box score

What’s Next: The Yankees will send Hiroki Kuroda (7-6, 3.99) to the hill, looking for a series win, against fellow right-hander Colby Lewis (6-8, 6.23) in their series-closing matchup in Texas.