Just when you thought that Stephen Drew was the only deadline deal that Brian Cashman managed to pull off, Jake Curry comes at you with this:
Yankees have acquired Prado from Arizona.
— Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) July 31, 2014
According to MLB.com Steve Gillbert, the Yankees will be sending C/1B Peter O'Brien out to Arizona, bringing back Pardo in return. The Yankees are also giving the D-Backs cash or a player to be named later, according to a team release.
Prado was having a bit of a down year for the Diamondbacks, hitting .270 with five homeruns and 42 RBIs this season. Over his last 162 games, the batting .285/.332/.403 with 72 R, 34 2B, 5 3B, 10 HR, 83 RBI, & 2 SB.
But while he can hit, the real value is with his glove, where he can play all around the diamond, spending most of his time at third base this season. He can also play the outfield, and I'm thinking that he'll play mostly right field as an upgrade for the struggling Ichiro Suzuki.
Prado still has two years and $22 million left on his current contract, so he'll give the Yankees good third base option next season in case the team does not want to re-sign Chase Headley, and even in the even that Alex Rodriguez has played his last game in pinstripes.
As for O'Brien, the Yankees clearly sold high on the right-handed hitter with 33 homeruns between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton this season. Originally a catcher, the Yankees were working him at first base with the hopes of getting him to the big leagues a little quicker. Seems like a bad deal at first, but O'Brien is not a super talented prospect, and the Yankees found the right deal to move him.
I feel like I'm always saying this, but again, Brian Cashman made yet another move in which he didn't have to part ways with one of the biggest prospects in the system.