From ESPN -
The Yankees traded pitcher Shawn Chacon to the Pirates for infielder Craig Wilson, ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney reported.
Chacon is 5-3 with a 7.00 ERA in 17 games with the Yankees.
Wilson is batting .267 with 13 homers and 41 RBI in 85 games with the Pirates.
This is what I wrote about Wilson on May 12th:
Wilson is not a star – but, he’s a useful player on the whole. Actually, against LHP he bats like a star – for what it’s worth.
He’s currently playing on a one-year deal that pays less than $4 million – so, he’s cheap. Also, he can play a little 1B if needed there too.
Wilson will be 30-years-old at the end of the year. So, it’s not like he’s going to be someone to build around.
Nothing about Wilson has changed since I wrote that in May.
The question is: How will Wilson be used in New York? And, who leaves the team to make room for him?
I have to think Wilson will be used as a 1B when Giambi is a DH. So, what does this mean for Andy Phillips? He cannot be sent to the minors – so, do the Yankees just let Andy go? If yes, he will be missed in the clubhouse – the other players seem to love him.
Or, does this mean that someone like Bubba Crosby or Aaron Guiel is to leave the team? One of them was probably going anyway when Abreu joins the team. Does Wilson mean that they’re both gone?
At the least, in terms of talent and contract, getting Wilson for Chacon is a steal – as Chacon was not helping the Yankees now.
It will be interesting to see how Torre will use Wilson and how Cashman handles the roster.