New York Yankees Acquire Outfielder Austin Kearns

July 31st, 2010 - 7:30 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
austin-2July 31, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Although the New York Yankees lost their Friday game with the Tampa Bay Rays by 3-2 and saw their team slid to one game division lead, it can breathe a little easy as it has been able to reach a contract with the Cleveland Indians to acquire outfielder Austin Kearns. The 30-year-old outfielder was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the New York Yankees in return of cash or a player whose name is yet to be announced. The news was confirmed to media sources by Joe Girardi, the manager of the New York Yankees who said that the veteran outfielder will help to add depth to the team.

The trade was announced shortly after the New York Yankees lost the game to the Tampa Bay Rays. The manager described Austin Kearns, who had played nine major league seasons out of which eight were played in National League, as “another outfielder who gives us [the team] depth and experience, a right-hand bat with power”. He added that the team hopes to use the player in a lot of different ways as Austin Kearns is a kind of player who is accustomed to everyday playing.

In the present schedule the team is playing around 37 games in 38 days and in midst of such a hectic schedule, Joe Girardi maintained that the team would not be required to enter the same group of players every day. He would get a chance to rest some of the left-handed hitting players. The team expects Austin Kearns to join them on Saturday against Tampa Bay Rays. The player who had played previously for Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds was hitting 0.268 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 84 games under Cleveland Indians.

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