In a move that could mean they are no longer counting on Derek Jeter to return for the final 17 games of the season, the New York Yankees have acquired infielder Brendan Ryan from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later.
Ryan, a superior fielder with a weak bat, hit just .192 in 87 games for the Mariners this season, with three home runs and 21 RBIs. A 31-year-old veteran of seven major league seasons, Ryan is a career .238 hitter and has 18 lifetime home runs.
But Ryan’s true value is with his glove; his play at shortstop was recently featured in a Grantland.com story to demonstrate flaws in the 39-year-old Jeter’s defense.
Source: ESPN Yankees Get Brendan Ryan by Blake Bass