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Because The Yankees Needed ANOTHER Outfielder...
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
The Yanks got an outfielder from the Brewers today, and sorry, it's not Mike Cameron. The Yanks picked up catcher/outfielder Eric Fryer from the Brewers' minor league system in exchange for Chase Wright, better known as "that poor sap the Yankees made start at Fenway in 2007 when some perfect storm of FAIL made every other viable option unavailable and then became only the second pitcher in MLB HISTORY to give up 4 homers in a row".

And.... cry.

The real value of the trade is arguably never having to see that expression of shattered dreams again, but let's take a closer look at our latest acquisition anyway. Fryer gets bonus points for being both a viable catcher and outfielder - he played 55 games in left field and 39 games behind the plate last year - and in his 104 total games for the Class A West Virginia Power he hit .335 (129-for-385). He actually led his team in several key batting categories, including average and OPS (and was second in OBP) and stole 15 bases along the way - not bad for a half-catcher!

Unfortunately, he also made 14 errors in the field. Perhaps his questionable defensive value helped the Brewers overlook one of those 4 consecutive homers Chase gave up when they were considering the parity of the deal.

Fryer will be starting the season in Class A Tampa for the Yanks, but with the way the Yanks have been burning through outfielders these last couple years I won't be surprised if he makes an appearance sooner rather than later.


posted by Yankees Chick @ Wednesday, February 04, 2009  
  • At 12:19 PM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    I would've thought they picked him up to deepen the catcher stable but MLB.com has him listed as an OF. Either way, if his bat continues to progress he could be quite the pick up.

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