Fresh New York Yankees trade rumors have the team acquiring a new third baseman from the Pittsburgh Pirates. In a move that is geared to help the team recover from the loss of Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees went out and acquired third baseman Casey McGehee from the Pirates.
According to ESPN, the Yankees parted with relief pitcher Chad Qualls to complete the deal. Qualls was just acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in early July and had made eight appearances for the team. Now he is heading to Pittsburgh as a player that could add depth to the Pirates bullpen.
McGehee has struggled a bit this season, hitting just 0.230 with 8 home runs and 35 RBIs for the Pirates. It was his first year with Pittsburgh after spending the last three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. His best numbers came in the 2010 season when he hit 23 home runs, had 104 RBIs and posted a batting average of 0.285.
The Yankees are certainly hoping that McGehee can start hitting a bit better than he has for Pittsburgh this year, but he is also a dependable guy to have at third base. He will likely hit towards the bottom of the batting order, but might be able to provide a bit of pop for the team.
What do you think of these New York Yankees trade rumors? Do you think that the Casey McGehee trade is exactly what the team needed? Did the Pittsburgh Pirates make a smart move here?