Yankees Trade Juan Miranda to DBacks for RHP Scott Allen

The Yankees traded first baseman/DH Juan Miranda to the Arizona Diamondbacks for pitcher Scottie Allen according to the Yankees PR Department.

This was probably the minor deal Brian Cashman was talking about earlier in the week, not the Rafael DePaula move.

Miranda was signed out of Cuba in 2006 and despite putting up decent numbers in the minors never really got a chance in the majors. In 94 plate appearances over 46 games he hit .253 with a 107 OPS+. Not bad, but he never had enough promise to keep the Yankees from signing Mark Teixeira.

Cashman identified him as somebody who could play a role off the Yankees bench next season, but he was out of options. That means that if he didn’t make the team out of spring training they would have risked losing him for nothing. So trading him now makes sense.

Allen, 19, is very far down the totem pole at this point. I don’t know anything about him, but he hasn’t played a full season in the minor leagues yet, tossing just 78 innings at Low-A in 2010. He had a 4.73 ERA, but seems to have decent control with a 9.1 K/9 rate and a 2.5 BB/9 rate. He’ll likely start the season in Low-A Charleston or SS-A in 2011.

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4 Responses to Yankees Trade Juan Miranda to DBacks for RHP Scott Allen

  1. Hardcore Yankee Fan says:

    Seems like a good move. It didn't seem like Miranda, who seems like a decent player, really fit in anywhere with the Yanks. Even though it is low level Minors, this Allen kid seems like he's got some good numbers which show future potential.

  2. Clint says:

    I'll always remember seeing Miranda belt the longest HR to date at the Trop in '09.

  3. sal says:

    if miranda gets 500 at bats he has potential to hit 30 hrs and drive in 85 rbis and bat about .260.give him a chance and he will do some damage. great trade for arizona.a big question mark for yanks.

  4. It's doubtful. Most GM's in baseball wouldn't agree with you. He's pretty much been available for trade for years and nobody has wanted him. By the time the Yankees can finally unload him they only get a 19-year-old pitcher for him.

    I think what you'll see is that once he starts playing everyday, more like if he starts, the holes in his swing will be exploited.