|Ryan dealt to Yankees |
by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, September 11, 2013 at 1:57 am ET
Brendan Ryan Profile
The Mariners sent out a team release during tonight's game announcing that the club had traded shortstop Brendan Ryan to the New York Yankees for a Player to be Named Later.
Ryan has played in just 20 of the team's last 66 games with only 13 starts since the promotion of shortstop Brad Miller. The veteran right-handed hitter was hitting just .196/.254/.252 at the time Miller was called up and has hit .174/.255/.326 in 51 plate appearances since. In all the 31-year-old hit .215/.286/.294 in 351 games for the Mariners after joining the team prior to 2011 in a trade from St. Louis. He provided sparkling defense, though, making a number of highlight reel plays for Seattle and leading their identity as a defense-first team over the early days of Jack Zduriencik's tenure in Seattle. As Brendan's time has dwindled this season, the Mariners rank last in the league in defense in 2013 by most metrics.
Ryan heads to New York where he will try and help fill the huge gap at the shortstop position for the Yankees that has seen seven players combine to produce a .229/.290/.314 slash with Derek Jeter missing all but 17 games so far in 2013 following his ankle injury in the playoffs last year that continues to bother him.
Ryan would be ineligible for the postseason if the Yankees were to grab one of the AL Wild Card spots, although they were sitting fifth in that race at the time of the trade.