Yesterday I looked at the early SSS returns from the 3 position player deadline acquisitions. As a whole, the production hasn’t been great, but it got me thinking. What have the guys who the Yankees gave up being doing?
Yangervis Solarte- .281/.361/.386, 3 HR, 18 R, 15 RBI, 11.1% BB/10.4% K rates in 135 PA w/ SD
Kelly Johnson- .160/.160/.200, 40.0% K rate in 25 PA w/ BOS
Brian Roberts- .000/.000/.000 (has not signed with a new team since getting DFA’d)
When you factor in the improved defensive performance of Headley, Prado, and Drew, and consider that Johnson and Roberts have basically been wallpaper since the Yankees dumped them, they’re still coming out winners on the trade deadline moves. We can even take it a step further by comparing Brandon McCarthy and Vidal Nuno.
McCarthy- 1.90/2.33/2.54 in 52.0 IP (8 starts) w/ NYY
Nuno- 3.54/3.81/3.92 in 53.1 IP (9 starts) w/ ARI
While Nuno has been much better in the NL environment than in the AL, McCarthy has been even better than that and much, MUCH better than what Nuno was doing when he was still in the Yankee rotation. While it’s nice to see guys like Solarte and Nuno having success elsewhere, it’s even better to see the Yankees getting more from their acquisitions. The Yanks have gotten 2.8 total fWAR’s worth of production from their pickups while the players they gave away have combined for 1.0 fWAR. That’s good deadline dealin’.