New York Yankees Add a Third Baseman at Deadline: A Fan's Take

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New York Yankees generalmanager Brian Cashman was right - the Yankees were quiet at the trade deadline.The team was said to be in on the Ryan Dempster sweepstakes, but the ChicagoCubs eventually traded the veteran pitcher to the Texas Rangers.

The one move the Yankees did make was a minor one. They acquired third baseman Casey McGehee from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for relief pitcher Chad Qualls.

McGehee had eight home runs and 35 runs batted in for the Pirates in 92 games played. He was acquired by the Pirates this past offseason from the Milwaukee Brewers. The 27 year old right handed hitter had his best season in 2010 when he had 23 home runs and 104 RBIs.

Qualls will join his third team of the season , he started the year with the Philadelphia Phillies. He has pitched 38 2/3 innings with an earned run average of 4.89 and 21 strikeouts between the two teams.

The Yankees will probably platoon McGehee with Eric Chavez while Alex Rodriguez recovers from a broken bone in his left hand. The deal is good because Chavez is an injury waiting to happen, so getting him regular time off is imperative.

Overall the Yankees did what I expected them to do at the deadline. The team got good news earlier in the day when tests on Mark Teixeira's left wrist showed no structural damage. With that news I thought they would go for a third baseman that didn't impact the budget and that is what they got with McGehee.

As for Dempster I am not quite sure how I feel about him not coming to New York. I would have liked an upgrade from Freddy Garcia, but I wasn't sure Dempster would flourish in the American League East. So the fact that a deal didn't get done doesn't crush me.

Although the trade deadline has now come and gone other deals might still be made. As long as players are passed through waivers they are allowed to be traded through August. Don't be surprised if the Yankees make a mid-August deal to fortify the club.

Darren Pare is a third generation Yankees fan. The unique thing is that he lives in the middle of Red Sox nation, Maine, and has for all his life and that gives him a different perspective. You can follow him on Twitter @dpare71 or on Facebook.

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