Yankees acquire Brendan Ryan from Mariners

09/10/2013 11:47 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The Yankees added depth to their infield by acquiring Brendan Ryan from the Mariners.(AP)
The New York Yankees have acquired shortstop Brendan Ryan from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later, the team announced following Tuesday night's win in Baltimore.

The Yankees needed to make a 40-man roster move to accommodate Ryan once he reported, and did so Wednesday afternoon by designating RHP Jim Miller for assignment.

Ryan, 31, hit .192 with three homers in 87 games for the Mariners this season and is just a .238 career hitter over seven Major League seasons, but he is considered to be one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball; he led the National League in assists in 2010 while with the Cardinals, and has twice led his league in the advanced metric of defensive WAR.

Because Ryan was acquired after Sept. 1, he will not be eligible for the postseason roster if the Yankees advance to the playoffs, but for the rest of the regular season at least, he and Eduardo Nunez will be tasked with replacing Derek Jeter, who was been placed on the disabled list Wednesday and will not play again this season because of an ankle injury.

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