In case you are a New York Yankees fan and have missed the last couple of weeks for some reason, they are a much better team after the MLB trade deadline than they were before. As the last few moments of the deadline passed, the Yankees reportedly completed two separate trades to add infielders Martin Prado and Stephen Drew. These moves in addition to the earlier trade for Chase Headley have vastly improved their chances in the AL East.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will receive a player to be named later and catching prospect Peter O’Brian in exchange for Prado while the Boston Red Sox traded Drew’s services evenly for Kelly Johnson. The Yankees should come out ahead in both trades but certainly do come out ahead when all of the deals are combined.
Headley is likely to continue playing third while Drew is expected to man second base. Prado’s duties are unclear at this point but he can play absolutely any position on the diamond and play it well. Chipper Jones, Prado’s former teammate, once said that Prado is the kind of player that helps teams win championships. Jones likely has a good point at least as it pertains to the Yankees this season.
There is no special formula to guaranteeing that the Yankees will be able to catch and pass the Baltimore Orioles but one thing is certainly true. They are a better team today than they were yesterday. That is what the Yankees needed to do in order to have hope for this season. They needed to get better and they have done that. All they have to do now is go out and get their captain one more ring before he goes.