The Yankees have officially announced a trade for outfielder Austin Kearns. He was acquired for a player to be named later and will be here tomorrow.
“We can use him in a lot of different ways because he’s used to playing every day,” Joe Girardi said. “It just gives us more depth and more experience… It will give me a chance to rest our left-handed guys, where you don’t have to run the same guys out there every day and you can keep them healthy and strong, because we’re going to need them.”
How quickly did this come together? Girardi said Brian Cashman first mentioned Kearns name today, and it was done by tonight. Girardi said the Yankees will decide tonight and tomorrow who to send down when Kearns is activated.
As I wrote early this morning, the outfield wasn’t a spot where the Yankees absolutely had to add a player, but a guy like Kearns fits. The Yankees have seemed committed to playing Curtis Granderson every day, but this will give them a chance to occasionally sit Granderson against lefties. It should also end any thought of Marcus Thames playing the field.