The New York Yankees acquired right-handed hitting Casey McGehee from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the MLB Trade Deadline, surrendering unwanted reliever Chad Qualls. SB Nation Pittsburgh editor Charlie Wilmoth was kind enough to offer his thoughts on the Yankees' acquisition of McGehee.
Here is what Wilmoth wrote via e-mail:
The Yankees obviously didn't give up much of anything, so I think that probably the best way to look at this, from the Yankees' perspective, is that you're getting a player who's fine as what he does, and you're getting him for virtually nothing. With the Yankees, unlike with the Pirates, he probably won't be asked to do too much, so I think he can be an effective role player down the stretch.
This deal sounds like a nice get for GM Brian Cashman and the Yankees. McGehee has played 375 of his 529 career games at third base, with 75 at first base. He reportedly hits left-handers better than right-handers, though his career numbers -- .260/.313/.416/.729 vs. righties and .259/.327/.427/.754 vs lefties do not show a big disparity.
With Alex Rodriguez down with a broken hand and the Yankees using a combination of the frail Eric Chavez and the light-hitting Jayson Nix at third base, though, this could be a most useful pickup for New York.