The Yankees have struck again at this year's deadline.
The Bronx was rumored to be the destination of many players this deadline. With their newest additions, the lineup, bench, and bullpen improved significantly.
Even without the acquisition of Cliff Lee or Dan Haren, I still think the Yankees are in good shape.
How did the Yankees do this trade deadline? Here is a breakdown of the newest players in pinstripes.
In my previous article, I had stated the Yankees needed another starting pitcher.
Dustin Moseley proved me wrong and can pitch until Andy Pettitte returns.
Moseley gave up one run in six innings in his debut. I was extremely impressed. Ted Lilly was rumored to be a Yankee by July 31.
Now he's in Dodger blue.
I hope Moseley can keep up the good work and be a successful starter.
Bench Bat: Check
Austin Kearns, former Cleveland Indian, is a perfect fit for the Yankee "pinch-hitter" role.
Kearns is hitting .272 with eight home runs and 42 RBI. He has a slugging percentage of .419 and an on-base percentage of .355.
Kearns has shown power in the past. In 2006, he hit 24 home runs and drove in 86 runs. Compared to Austin's stats last year, he is having a much better season in 2010.
Another reason why the Yankees like Kearns is his versatility in the outfield. He has played every position in the outfield. Kearns also has made some great plays in LF, his primary position.
The Yankees got him for almost nothing. Why not take advantage of his skills at the plate and in the field? I think he's a nice fit for the ball-club.
Bullpen Help: Check
Another player from the Tribe acquired this weekend was Kerry Wood. Wood was previously the closer for the Indians. His new role in the Yankee bullpen is the set-up man.
Like Kearns, the Yankees gave up nothing important to acquire him.
Wood's ERA is sky high. Hopefully, he can snap out of his struggles with help of Dave Eiland. Wood will also have strong run support behind him to attain more holds and wins.
One concern with Kerry Wood is his trips on the DL. He's been there twice this season. Let's hope he stays healthy. I don't know how much of Joba Chamberlain/Chan Ho Park I can take anymore.
I think Kerry Wood will serve his role adequately.
I still wish it was Leo Nunez or Joakim Soria.
Brian Cashman, you've done it again!
No it's not Adam Dunn. It's Lance Berkman.
I think this move is fantastic. Lance Berkman is having a down year, but is still a powerful hitter in the lineup.
It will be fun to see him make the adjustment and hit home runs to the short porch in right field.
Lance Berkman, former Houston Astro, stands at .245 with 13 HR and 49 RBI.
It is projected that he bats fifth or sixth, before or after MVP candidate Robinson Cano.
Unless he immediately starts creaming the ball, it is unlikely he will bat second.
Lance Berkman is also a solid fielder. He only has one error on the season and a .999 fielding percentage. On days where Mark Teixeira needs a day off, he can fill in as the first baseman.
He loved playing with Andy Pettitte back with the Astros and he gets another chance.
Let's hope he can prove himself and help capture another ring for the New York Yankees.