Yankees, Brendan Ryan reach deal

(AP/Steven Senne)

The Yankees and shortstop Brendan Ryan have reached an agreement for a new contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The parameters of the deal are not yet known.

Ryan, 31, hit .220 with a homer and an RBI  for New York  in 17 games after coming over from Seattle in a September waiver deal. He hit .197 overall, and is a .237 career hitter over parts of seven seasons. While he doesn’t have a good bat by any means, Ryan has one of, if not the best glove at shortstop in the game.

Ryan will slot in behind Derek Jeter as the backup shortstop, as Jeter has repeatedly said he plans on being the everyday guy. However, with nagging leg injuries and advanced age, Jeter will get a days off and a lot of looks at DH. Heyman also reports that the Yankees are still pursuing infielder Stephen Drew, although their level of interest isn’t known.

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Rich Kaufman

Ever since my parents bought me a Paul O'Neill shirt at my first Yankees game back in 1994 I've been a diehard fan. I graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., in 2011 with a degree in Communications/Sports Journalism, so writing about the Yankees has always been a passion of mine.

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