The New York Yankees are undoubtedly going to acquire some pieces by the July 31 trade deadline. The Yankees definitely need the extra added push in the lineup because of the lack of dominance the team is going through. New York is not really supposed to be behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East, but as June quietly ends, the Yankees are in third in the AL East.
If you take a look at the Yankees’ OPS leaders, there are five players who have an OPS of above .700 and four batters who have scored more than 30 runs. New York’s OPS dips after Kelly Johnson. Johnson has an OPS of .716 and the next highest is Ichiro Suzuki‘s .676. If there is anything New York really has to target, it is OPS and runs. Luckily, there is a player on the market who the Yankees could look at in the upcoming month.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to trade Martin Prado. Prado is batting a mere .271/.318/.368 with 35 RBI and 35 runs. His OPS is .686, which would slip right in front of Ichiro if he was acquired by the Yankees during the season. At second base, Prado would immediately start over Johnson, Brendan Ryan and Brian Roberts. Prado does bat right-handed, but does have the potential to add some power to the Yankees’ lineup, which is drastically missing it.
Another reason why Prado is a good fit for the Yankees is because he can play more than one position. He has played mainly third base for the Diamondbacks this season, but is known to play second base and even the outfield. The Yankees will not have to keep someone who is cold in the lineup for too long.
Prado is starting to heat up this year. In the month of June, Prado is batting .290/.333/.387 with 10 RBI — a lot better than a .207 average he hit last June.