New York Yankees Make Good Move With Trade For Dean Anna

By James O'Hare
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have acquired utility infielder Dean Anna from the San Diego Padres for pitcher Ben Paullus. This is a minor move by the Yankees, but it is a good one.

Anna hit .331/.410/.482 in triple-A this year and won the Pacific Coast League batting title. He also hit nine long balls and drove in 73 runs. This could very well have been a fluke career year for him; before 2013, as the closest he came to batting .300 on the year was when he hit .280 in single-A, but it seems like the Yankees might finally give him the opportunity to play in the majors that was denied to him for six years in San Diego.

His versatility in the field is a huge advantage for the Anna. The 26-year-old can play every infield position, which could be a godsend for New York, a team that might lose its second and third basemen and whose shortstop was limited to 17 games in 2013. Unless the Yankees sign Jhonny Peralta, Stephen Drew and/or Omar Infante, Anna could end up seeing serious playing time as a utility man.

I doubt he has the defensive chops that Brendan Ryan has, but he definitely has a better bat.

This wasn’t a blockbuster trade by any means; the Yankees only gave up a single-A pitcher to get Anna. But, I don’t see why a team that is shorthanded in the infield would acquire a 26-year-old utility man coming off a great offensive season if it had no intention of using him.

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