Thursday, July 31, 2014

Shortly after completing a pair of moves just before the final bell of the non-waiver trading deadline had rung, in which the Yankees were able to complete for both Red Sox infielder Stephen Drew and Diamondbacks infielder/outfielder Martin Prado, Brian Cashman spoke the media on a few different topics.

The most important thing that he mentioned: second baseman Brian Roberts will be designated for assignment to make room for Prado on the roster.

The big question with Roberts coming into the year was whether or not he would be able to stay healthy after miss a large chunk of the last four seasons. While he did stay healthy, we hasn't very good at the plate outside of a couple hot streaks, and his play as second base was sub-par, too. He hit just .237 with a .659 OPS in 91 games. The 36-year-old will likely clear waivers and try to catch on elsewhere for the remainder of the season.

In the mean time, Drew will take over as the everyday second baseman for the Yankees since Derek Jeter is still alive and well as the Bombers' shortstop. With Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley, Jeter and Drew as the starting infield core, Cashman told reporters that the newly acquired Prado will be tried out in right field, where the Yankees have finally found a better option to Ichiro Suzuki, who is struggling pretty badly at the plate right now.

Cashman also mentioned the RHP Esmil Rogers, who was claimed off of waivers from the Blue Jays today, will be added to the 25-man roster before Friday night's game on Boston. The Yankees will need to make a move to add him to the roster.


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