Yankees Acquire Austin Kearns

The Yankees acquired Austin Kearns from Cleveland for a player to be named later or cash, the Indians announced. This acquisition won't make the headlines the Yankees' other trade will, but the Yanks like Kearns for his right-handed bat, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). Kearns, 30, is hitting .268/.351/.413 this season and has a .799 OPS against lefties in his career. He'll earn $270K between now and the end of the season and hit free agency afterwards.

Jon Heyman of SI.com first reported that a deal was close, Joel Sherman of the New York Post noted that the Indians were getting a PTBNL and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the deal was complete (all Twitter links).

Despite their busy day, the Yankees are working on another trade, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (via Twitter).


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71 Comments on "Yankees Acquire Austin Kearns"


TheGodfather
5 years 4 days ago

okay??? 4th outfielder i guess.

Leafsfan8121
5 years 4 days ago

Curtis and Miranda going to triple A for Puma and Kearns

drumzalicious
5 years 4 days ago

That would be a bit crazy for them to send Curtis Granderson down.

philly_red
5 years 4 days ago

Someone doesn’t know their Yankees’ bench.

drumzalicious
5 years 4 days ago

apologies. I immediately thought Curtis Granderson.

VoteForPrado
5 years 4 days ago

wrong curtis bud.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 4 days ago

Life is good!

Guest
5 years 4 days ago

haha why do you love every team so much?

Ian_Smell
5 years 4 days ago

I’ve been wondering the same thing.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 4 days ago

Yes, I do have a place in my heart for the Pirates. Vote for Pedro! Rookie of the Year! (or Posey) (or Jaime)

VoteForPrado
5 years 4 days ago

Or Sanchez. Or Heyward. Or Colvin.

I love this rookie talent this year. I can’t imagine trying to pick just one. I’m not too sure about Strasburg’s eligibility, but I can’t see him not being chosen unless due to lack of playing time.

I put my early vote in for Posey, however.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 4 days ago

Gaby Sanchez is a good one that I forgot there. Obviously Heyward is in discussion and so is Ike among plenty others. I agree, great rookie class.

VoteForPrado
5 years 4 days ago

Sanchez has been really under radar so far. You don’t hear his name mentioned very often, but he’s having a great season.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 4 days ago

he could finish the season with a .305 .360 .490 23 89 line which is quite good for a rookie wouldn’t you say?

VoteForPrado
5 years 4 days ago

Haha. Absolutely. And it excites me to say that even that may not be good enough to win the ROTY. And there’s still guys like Mike Stanton who could easily heat up and force their own names into discussion. Venters has been incredible out of the ‘pen, although I don’t see him keeping it up.

Oooh. I just changed my vote. I’ll go for Heisy after the catch he just made to rob Conrad’s homerun. I guess he remembered that walkoff grand slam Conrad had against them..

Dave_Gershman
5 years 4 days ago

Yeah well you take Heisey but how about that Votto bomb off Venters? Just kidding with you buy yeah, plenty of choices. And as you said, plenty of time

redsandyanksfan
5 years 3 days ago

Or Mike Leake the guy who has never pitched in the pro ball skips minor and was the reds ace pitcher for the first month or more and still going good but i think Gracia or posey gets it

Dave_Gershman
5 years 4 days ago

I’ve always said this, I’m just a huge Baseball fan my friend! Just a Huge Baseball fan.

Guest
5 years 4 days ago

Are you the SPANdemonium person from before or a really subtle troll? i can’t tell haha

Dave_Gershman
5 years 4 days ago

I’m the same SPANdemonium. It’s me. Just had a little problem with the commenting but I’m back! (in Manny Ramirez voice)

Nicolas_C
5 years 4 days ago

*Cue Manny Ramirez chuckle

Dave_Gershman
5 years 4 days ago

Just waiting for my hug from Frank McCourt at Camelback Ranch diuring the good old Dodger days.

Ian_Smell
5 years 4 days ago

Let’s just get it out of our system: it is not going to be for Jesus Montero. Repeat previous statement if you are still being ignorant.

AirmanSD
5 years 4 days ago

Darn, I was hoping that the Padres would being able to swing a cheap deal for Kearns, he would be a perfect fit in my opinion. And all it cost is a player to be named later.

danjee
5 years 4 days ago

What? Why? After getting Berkman?

geolink2349
5 years 4 days ago

-_-

This guy stinks…where’s the pitching?!

VoteForPrado
5 years 4 days ago

I love this time of the year.

5 years 4 days ago

Lol teams around you can’t get stronger if you gobble everybody up! Hey, not hating, if you have the resources to do it, why not?

BaseballFanatic0707
5 years 4 days ago

Bench: Check.
Bullpen: Get on it, Cashman.

Nicolas_C
5 years 4 days ago

I really liked Kearns, but I knew my White Sox weren’t interested. I wish him luck with the Yanks.

5 years 4 days ago

This just in: Yankees acquire Universe.

Sniderlover
5 years 4 days ago

For Jesus Montero.

Ian_Smell
5 years 4 days ago

They overpaid.

CosaOne
5 years 4 days ago

Jesus Montero clearly has more upside than the universe

Donskoy
5 years 4 days ago

At least the universe can play catcher

5 years 4 days ago

Touche

5 years 4 days ago

Yeah, go Yankees it’s soooo fun watching them win every day of my life!!!11 go Lakers too! MAN I AM GOOD AT PICKING TEAMS!! TOO BAD MY NFL TEAM IS THE DALLAS COWBOYS… :/

moonraker45
5 years 4 days ago

He was just pulled out of the Jay game in the 7th

5 years 4 days ago

i was watching the jays-injuns game 2nite and kearns actually started.

manny acta pulled him midway through the game – in the 6th or 7th inning. by the 8th buck martinez reported that kearns had been traded to the yanks.

originally martinez thought it was just cuz kearns is old.

5 years 4 days ago

A little confusing, but I guess this is the Bench acquisition.

drumzalicious
5 years 4 days ago

wow. Yanks are just going all kinds of crazy today. Next thing you know they are going to get someone’s closer.

5 years 4 days ago

He’s going to platoon with Granderson

BingWelsh
5 years 4 days ago

oh I forgot Joe Girardi told you what he plans on doing with Kearns
He’s a corner OF, the fact he’s a righty doesnt make him a CF platoon mate with Granderson

5 years 4 days ago

Gardner plays CF too…

5 years 4 days ago

Gardner can move to CF when Grandy is out of the lineup

VoteForPrado
5 years 4 days ago

The Rays better step it up before they’re out of it.. Not that Kearns makes the Yankees miles better, but it’s a solid acquisition.

BingWelsh
5 years 4 days ago

this move is not what the yankees need. Berkman was understandable, a veteran switch hitter who brings versatility to their lineup, Kearns is a washed up OF who is playing decent for an underperforming team plus taking up more space in an already crowded outfield.
If I were cashman I would seriously consider looking into aquiring a legitimate setup man.
Downs isagoodfit for the RIGHT price. Over paying for a rental player, and reliever in his mid 30’s is not a good deal.
Dont forget they still have Roulo WSanchez, Ivan Nova, and Mark Melancon in Scranton…

statnut
5 years 4 days ago

Melancon was sent to Houston in the Berkman deal.

Bullpen help seems too expensive, why surrender a top prospect for a guy that might pitch 20-30 innings for you?

switchhitingjesus
5 years 4 days ago

You can scratch Melancon off of that list.

BingWelsh
5 years 4 days ago

thanks just read that, but statnut I agree with you, Downs is a good reliever, but he gives u a limited output of performance for what the Jays are asking for, plus him hitting free agency and likely not signing with the Yanks doesnt help either.

5 years 4 days ago

He actually helps anyone. If you sign him, you just got one of the best lefty releivers from the last 4 years. If you dont, you pick up 2 good picks in compensation. Win, win

5 years 4 days ago

Melancon is the centerpiece of the trade for Berkman.

statnut
5 years 4 days ago

I would have asked for another table.

5 years 4 days ago

The ‘Stros got taken to the cleaners 5 times over!

5 years 4 days ago

Not really because Berkman isn’t that good anymore, as a matter of fact he is one of the worst starting first baseman in baseball and has yet to face the great pitching of the AL East teams unlike the few pitchers worth mentioning in the NL central that he faced there.

Jonathunder
5 years 4 days ago

That player to be named later better be good, the Indians can’t just give him away!