For those of you holding out hope and holding your breath for a Derek Jeter return this season, it may be time to breathe. Not because Jeter will be returning soon, but because the New York Yankees at least seem to have a plan. Jeter may or may not return, but they have acquired Brendan Ryan from the Seattle Mariners in any case.
The Mariners trade SS Brendan Ryan to Yankees for PTBNL.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) September 11, 2013
With Jeter not making much progress on his aggravated ankle, the Yankees needed to get some additional infield depth. Ryan is considered one of the best shortstops in baseball. By acquiring him, they don't need to sit and hope Jeter returns. Of course, Jeter's bat is far better than Ryan's, but at this point, New York needs someone who can help prevent runs as much as they need someone to drive in runs.
Ryan was hitting .192/.254/.265 with the Mariners this season. Throughout his career, Ryan is just a .238/.300/.320 hitter. He has been able to stick around because of his sparkling defense. In fact, Ryan has managed to post 15.5 WAR in his career despite his poor offensive stats. He provides a lot of value in his defense.
One thing this move surely does not signify is confidence in Jeter's return. He has struggled to get healthy and stay healthy this season. Now, the Yankees appear ready to launch contingency plans.
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