The closing bell has rung and the trade deadline has past, but that doesn't mean all the moves have been announced yet. One deal that got in just before the end of the day was the Yankees acquiring Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks for Peter O`Brien and a player to be named later or cash. This move immediately improves the team from a defensive and offensive stand point at the expense of a player who has power, but may never be good enough at anything else to show it in the majors.
Prado is capable of playing second base, third base, and outfield, which seems like a quality that the Yankees have long looked for in a player. He's had a down year, hitting .270/.317/.370 in Arizona, but the right-handed hitter has killed lefties this year to the tune of a 140 wRC+.He's also under contract for the next two seasons at $22 million total, so considering the market in the offseason, the Yankees may have their outfield for the 2015 season.
While Peter O`Brien's dingers will be missed, he lacks any true position and his inability to take a walk makes him something less than a three-true-outcome hitter. If he runs into a fastball he can hit it out, but he's going to swing at breaking pitches and he's going to strike out a lot. Now that he's just another first base/DH candidate he's not really worth much. As much as we want young prospects up in New York, this was the deal to make because they're getting good value from someone who might not amount to anything.