As the clock expired on the non-waiver trade deadline Thursday afternoon, the Yankees made some moves to bolster their lineup, acquiring outfielder Martin Prado from the Diamondbacks and infielder Stephen Drew from the rival Red Sox. They also claimed reliever Esmil Rogers on waivers from the Blue Jays.
"I think we're going to compete. I think we're improved," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com. "We're going to find out if it's enough or not."
Drew, who played shortstop in Boston, will join the Yankees as a likely second baseman as New York planned to designate veteran Brian Roberts for assignment. Drew was dealt for light-hitting infielder Kelly Johnson, who had signed with the Yankees on Dec. 6.
It was the first trade between the Yankees and Red Sox since Aug. 13, 1997.
"The Drew stuff happened today," Cashman said. "I threw an idea Boston's way when they started moving and shaking as much as they were. Once they declared themselves the way they did, I floated a text (general manager) Ben Cherington's way and we worked really quickly off of that."
Drew, 31, signed a one-year contract with Boston on May 29 extending through the 2014 season. He is batting .176 in 39 games in 2014.
Prado comes over from the Diamondbacks for slugger Peter O'Brien. Prado, in the middle of a four-year, $40 million contract, can play seven positions, and is likely to see time in the outfield and at second base for the Yankees.
Prado, 30, is hitting .270 with five homers and 42 RBIs this season. He has a career .290 batting average with the Braves and Diamondbacks and primarily played third base in Arizona.
"That is one of the attractive things about Martin Prado, is that he can play a lot of different positions," Cashman told MLB.com. "I think (manager) Joe (Girardi) is going to have fun with that."
O'Brien, a right-handed power hitter, has 33 home runs between Class A and Double-A this season, but he did not have an everyday position with the Yankees. The Diamondbacks also receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.
The left-handed Rogers had a 6.97 ERA in 16 relief appearances with the Blue Jays this season before being designated for assignment on July 27. He also saw time at Triple-A Buffalo, going 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 12 games (seven starts).
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--INF Stephen Drew was acquired from the Red Sox. He played shortstop in Boston but will join the Yankees as a likely second baseman as New York planned to designate veteran Brian Roberts for assignment. Drew was dealt for light-hitting infielder Kelly Johnson, who had signed with the Yankees on Dec. 6. Drew is batting .176 in 39 games in 2014.
--OF/INF Martin Prado was acquired from the Diamondbacks for slugger Peter O'Brien. Prado, in the middle of a four-year, $40 million contract, can play seven positions, and is likely to see time in the outfield and at second base for the Yankees. He is hitting .270 with five homers and 42 RBIs this season.
--LHP Esmil Rogers had a 6.97 ERA in 16 relief appearances with the Blue Jays this season before being designated for assignment on July 27. He also saw time at Triple-A Buffalo, going 2-2 with a 3.14 ERA in 12 games (seven starts).
--C Peter O'Brien was dealt to Arizona for OF/INF Martin Prado. O'Brien, a right-handed power hitter, has 33 home runs between Class A and Double-A this season, but he did not have an everyday position with the Yankees.
--INF Kelly Johnson was sent to Boston in a trade for INF Stephen Drew. Currently on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, Johnson was envisioned as a utility man for the Yankees but he struggled offensively, hitting .219 with six homers and 22 RBIs.
--INF Scott Sizemore, who was with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, was released. The 29-year-old batted .313 (5-for-16) in six games with the Yankees this season.
--RHP Hiroki Kuroda (7-7, 3.98 ERA) took the loss Wednesday as the Yankees fell 3-2 to the Rangers. Kuroda gave up three runs in the first and then shut down the Rangers the rest of the way. His line: Seven innings, nine hits, three runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Over his last 16 starts, he's 5-4 with 3.59 ERA. "Hiro did a pretty good job," manager Joe Girardi said. "He had a rough first inning and then shut them down. Gave us the distance we needed."
--LF Brett Gardner hit his second leadoff home run in as many days in the Yankees' 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. The home run was the fifth leadoff shot of his career and fourth long ball in the three-game series against Texas. Gardner went 8-for-14 in the series for the Yankees, who dropped two of three.
--3B Chase Headley went without a hit in a game for the first time in nine games since joining the Yankees on July 22, going 0-for-3 with a walk in the Yankees' 3-2 loss to Texas on Wednesday. Headley, who has hits in 21 of his last 24 games, is hitting .294 since his trade from San Diego earlier this month.
--1B Mark Teixeira went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his second game since returning from back spasms. Teixeira snapped an 0-for-13 skid with a pinch-hit single on Monday and went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in his first full game back on Tuesday.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think everybody dreams to play for the Yankees, and I never expected that in my career. I'm just looking forward to trying to find myself in a good position to play baseball. I felt like I've been up and down all this year, so now in a new place, we'll see how things are going to go." -- OF/INF Martin Prado, to MLB.com, after being traded from Arizona to the Yankees.
--RHP Michael Pineda (right teres major muscle strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 6, and he was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL on June 3. He was suspended the previous 10 days after he was caught using pine tar on the mound. He played catch from 60 feet May 10. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session May 18. He faced live hitters May 24 and threw 28 pitches. Pineda threw two innings May 27 in an extended spring training game. He was scratched from a simulated game June 1. He had a throwing session canceled after an MRI found some inflammation in his right shoulder. He played catch June 28 and June 30. He began playing catch from 90 feet July 5. Pineda threw a bullpen session in Tampa during the All-Star break. He threw live batting practice July 20, and threw in the batting cages July 24. He threw a simulated game July 29, and he is due to start a minor league rehab assignment Aug. 3.
--RHP Masahiro Tanaka (partially torn ligament in elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list July 9. The Yankees will try to rehab the injury, but if that fails, Tommy John surgery has not been ruled out. The first step in the rehab process was a platelet-rich plasma injection into the elbow July 14.
--LHP CC Sabathia (fluid in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list May 11, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 1. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but the knee was swollen and causing Sabathia discomfort. He had the fluid drained from the knee, and he was given cortisone and stem-cell injections. Sabathia threw bullpen sessions June 18 and June 21. He threw 35 pitches in a simulated game June 24. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Tampa on June 28. Sabathia threw a bullpen session at Yankee Stadium on June 30, and he started for Double-A Trenton on July 2. He experienced renewed knee swelling July 3, and he underwent season-ending surgery July 23.
--RHP Ivan Nova (ulnar collateral ligament tear in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list April 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 24. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery April 29.
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RHP Brandon McCarthy
RHP David Phelps
RHP Shane Greene
LHP Chris Capuano
RHP David Robertson (closer)
RHP Dellin Betances
LHP Matt Thornton
RHP Adam Warren
RHP Shawn Kelley
LHP David Huff
RHP Chase Whitley
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2B Stephen Drew
SS Derek Jeter
3B Chase Headley
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INF Brendan Ryan
INF Brian Roberts
LF Brett Gardner
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
RF Martin Prado
DH Carlos Beltran
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