The Yankees only made one trade before today’s 4 p.m. trade deadline. On Thursday, the Yankees acquired Seattle Mariners infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley for prospects Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez. Joe Girardi likes the extreme versatility that Ackley brings to the team.
“The guy can play five spots and that’s pretty good,’’ the manager said. He has played first base, second base and all three outfield positions in his five seasons in the majors. He was the second overall pick in the 2009 draft and could perform much better in Yankee Stadium than he did in Safeco Park. From 2012-2014, Ackely had a .316 average in 38 at-bats with two homers and six RBIs.
He is having the worst year of his his five-year career this season, but he has more upside than the players the Yankees traded. He has a .215 average in 207 at-bats with six homers, eight doubles, 19 RBIs, two steals and a .366 slugging percentage. Garrett Jones, who Ackley has better stats than, was dropped from the roster when Ackely was added to the team today.
It was announced today that Luis Severino‘s next start will be with the Yankees. This is the right time to call him because Micael Pineda is now on the disabled list with a right flexor forearm muscle strain and he doesn’t have anything else to prove with Triple-A Scranton. In 11 starts this season with the RailRiders, Severino has a 7-0 record with an outstanding 1.91 ERA, 50 strikeouts and a very good 0.92 WHIP.
The Yankees (57-44) currently have a 6-game lead over the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago in what will be the end of their 10-game road trip. The White Sox have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games to move back into contention for a wild card spot.
The White Sox (49-51) have former Yankees Melky Cabrera and David Robertson on their roster. Nathan Eovaldi, who will be starting tonight, is 5-0 with a 2.83 ERA in his last seven starts. Here are the pitching matchups for the series:
RHP Nathan Eovaldi (10-2, 4.27)
LHP Carlos Rodon (4-3, 4.09)
8:10 p.m., YES Network
LHP John Danks (5-8, 4.97)
7:10 p.m., WPIX
RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 3.38)
RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-5, 3.94)
2:10 p.m., YES Network and TBS