In a frantic move to fill the void for an injured 3B Alex Rodriguez and the recently hurt 1B Mark Teixeira, the New York Yankees traded reliever Chad Qualls for
General Manager of the New York Yankees Brian Cashman
infielder Casey McGehee from the Pittsburgh Pirates as confirmed via tweet from NY Post’s Joel Sherman.
A-rod is out till mid-September with a broken hand, and Tex is suffering from a swollen wrist and the hope is that the cortisone shot he received yesterday will be enough for him to return on Friday.
McGehee was not the Yankees first choice was Padres Chase Headley but he drew a lot of interest from other teams so the price would have been high. And with the Yankees depleted farm system and attempt to cut, or at least not add to payroll, Headley was out of reach.
With the Pirates acquiring Marlins 1B Gaby Sanchez in the fire sale down in Miami made McGehee redundant, so dumping him cheaply was a no-brainer.
And Qualls was moments from being released by the Yankees to ...