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Yankees acquire shortstop Brendan Ryan from Mariners

Sep 10, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

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As first reported by’s Brian McTaggart, the Yankees have acquired shortstop Brendan Ryan from the Mariners for a player to be named later.

If you needed any further indication that Derek Jeter‘s left ankle soreness is a concern, this would be it. Ryan is one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball, but he is also a .238/.300/.320 hitter in 2,583 career major league plate appearances.

Because the trade happened after August 31, Ryan will not be eligible for New York’s postseason roster.

A taste of Ryan’s defensive prowess for those unaware (via Dave Cameron of FanGraphs):


  1. okwhitefalcon - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    The Yankees finally may have found a way to annoy ARod the hell out o town.

  2. historiophiliac - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:46 PM


  3. oquintero99 - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Wow. Great play. Such a shame he wont be in the playoffs

    • henryd3rd - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      I realize that he will not be in the playoffs. On the other hand, the rest of the Yankees are also unlikely to be in the playoffs.

  4. greej1938l - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    What a Play!

    • alexo0 - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      Great play to grab a dying ground ball while in a shift to the right.

    • rje49 - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      All those who think Jeter could have got to that ball, raise your hand. Or give this a thumb down.

  5. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    so he will be a late inning replacment for Nunez. Not bad especially when Mos closing and Nunez is still in the game. gets more tense then needed. Still with 19 games or so to go I guess they want to tighten up defense with every game counting.

  6. cohnjusack - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    If only he could hit…even just a little

    I had such hope after 2009…

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Yeah…me too Cusack (hope after 20069).
      Cause’ dude gloves it and loves it.
      He makes Clint Barmes’ D’ look just slightly above average.

  7. sportymorty22 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    One of the best defensive shortstops in the league, and one of the worst at the plate in recent years. Hopefully he can find his confidence in the batter’s box. Who knows, maybe the abundance of great hitters in New York is the change he needed?

    • nbjays - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      “One of the best defensive shortstops in the league, and one of the worst at the plate in recent years.”

      In other words, he’s the Anti-Jeter.

      • mikhelb - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Curiously enough, his percentage of fielded balls that end up in outs is lower than the percentage by Jeter of fielded balls that end up in outs.

        Sure it is better to have a SS with lots of range to both sides of the infield, but it is also better to have a SS with sure hands who can get the out when he gets to the ball.

        Yesterday Eduardo Núñez got to three balls who were difficult to field, didn’t record a single out on those, one of his miscues put the Yankees down 4-1, three runs directly because one of his bad plays, the other run was also for a miscue, but, in Baltimore the official scorer decided to award a hit instead of an error on each play.

        Sure, Ryan has a better range, and in 2012 that helped him to get to… 55 more balls than Jeter. For a guy who can barely hit his way out of the bench to only get to 55 more than an aging SS who has been labeled “the worst SS in all of history” is ridiculous, even more so considering only 24 of those 55 ended up as outs.

        In my opinion if a team has a good 3B and a good 2B, all the SS has to do is get to balls in his zone and maybe a bit to the sides and allow the 3B to cover the line and his usual zone, same for the 2B… unless your 3B is Cabrera, THEN you’d need somebody like Ryan… or Iglesias whom the Tigers acquired to fill that hole in their infield.

  8. Walk - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    There is room on every team for players like ryan, especially at short and center. If nothing else you know your defense is going to be as good as possible when you rest a regular, and I always give a team a pass if they got an automatic out in the lineup that plays stellar d. As long as they walk some and are able to bunt it lessens the weak spot that is their bat’s negative impact.

  9. Kevin S. - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    Grr, he wasn’t available a week and a half ago? The way Jeter and Nunez have been hitting, I’d rather just take Ryan’s spectacular defense in any potential playoff series.

  10. 18thstreet - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Drew, whenever you write about a transaction like this, it would be great if you included the contract status of the player(s) involved. For example, it looks like Ryan is a free agent after this year.

  11. deathmonkey41 - Sep 11, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    He might not be able to hit now, but just wait until he falls under the tutelage of Kevin Long and learns how to become a dead pull hitter, completely forgets the essentials of situational hitting, and becomes utterly inept at bunting…well, then he really won’t be able to hit, but still, he’ll probably hit at least 1 or 2 more HRs a season!

  12. docwat - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Brendan hits behind the runner, bunts, but has had incredible ‘bad luck’ hitting. He often stings the ball right at someone. He is also a great team-mate in the clubhouse. He will be playing MLB SS for someone in 2014!

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      I agree in that it seems he has always had bad luck at the plate. He can hit behind the runners, bunt, etc… as you mentioned. But at the same time…at some point it becomes obvious his 2009 statistics were more an anomaly than anything else. You have to make your own luck.
      I mean…if he just hit .250 it would be a huge improvement.

    • km9000 - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      There might be something to that. 240-ish BABIP this year and last. Career 280.

  13. melsh13 - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    But who’s gonna platoon in the nine hole for the Mariners?

  14. jdillydawg - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    It’s a good move for Ryan. I expect his average to climb rapidly and he’ll still play killer defense. I hope the Yankees keep him around like they did with Ichiro.

    No one succeeds in Seattle right now. We’re even seeing the paint start to peel on Felix now. This is a team that has grown accustomed to losing. Very sad, cuz they’re a great group of guys.

  15. denny65 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    What, the Yankees needed another non-hitter?

    Ryan’s problem wasn’t so much his non-hitting earlier this year with the Mariners, it was his fielding. Remember, he was at 11+ errors on the season before Brad Miller was brought up from Tacoma (Miller is going gang-busters right now, btw). Ryan spent a lot of time at SS trying to field routine grounders that would make the highlight reels, and then act like a petulant 12-year-old when he booted the ball, hoping to draw attention to himself. Everyone talks about his defensive skills; lots of people are overlooking his defensive slapstick routine this year. Keep in mind, the Cards traded him for a reason.

    And, lots of people are overlooking the fact that no Mariner is talking about his clubhouse contributions; all that talk comes from Craig and others.

    Good riddance; Brad Miller has the Mariners’ SS position locked for the next few years.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 11, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Sooo…not a big fan uh Denny?

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