The MLB off-season just got serious in the AL East as the NY Yankees acquired some much-needed pitching in a deal with Seattle that has Michael Pineda now wearing pinstripes. The Yankees had a very quiet off-season until this week and this deal could lead to more as the team prepares for spring training next month.
The latest hot stove rumor has the team making a move to acquire Billy Butler from the Kansas City Royals. Butler is just 25 and has played in nearly 700 games, but it’s his run production that interests New York the most. With 74 career home runs and 185 doubles in a spacious park like Kansas City, those numbers would increase 10Â–15% in a hitter friendly park like Yankee Stadium.
Butler would give the team some depth and versatility in their lineup and some much-needed power in the back-half of their lineup, but the deal would cost the team plenty as the trade rumor has pitcher Phil Hughes heading to Kansas City.
The Yankees could still sign a veteran pitcher and if that does happen, this trade could go through before the start of the 2012 MLB season. The Royals need some leadership with such a young team and though Hughes struggled last season, his presence could help Kansas City as they look to make a run at the playoffs for the first time in years.