Austin Kearns Returns to Indians

Austin Kearns‘ time with the Yankees was short and now it’s officially over as he’s signed a one-year deal worth $1.3 million to return to the Cleveland Indians.

The Yankees, in need of a right handed outfielder, traded righty Zach McAllister to Cleveland for Kearns on July 30th last year. Kearn’s time with the Yankees was disappointing though. He provided decent defense, but he was poor at the plate. He hit just .235 with a .668 OPS over 36 games and 102 at bats.

It’s a shame that Kearns had such a poor season last year because the Yankees are still looking for a right handed outfielder and he actually does fit decently. He is a good defender and has a 104 OPS+ over nine seasons in the majors. The reason the Yankees traded for him was because in 84 games with the Indians he had a .272 average and a .772 OPS which is pretty good for a guy coming off the bench.

At this point though the Yankees have been investigating a lot of super utility types in Jeff Keppinger and Jerry Hairston Jr. so perhaps they are looking for more versatility anyway.

What do you think about Kearns’ time with the Yankees? Should they have considered bringing him back in 2011?

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3 Responses to Austin Kearns Returns to Indians

  1. Mike S. says:

    The 38 strikeouts in 102 AB was a problem. Down the stretch it seemed like every time the Yanks got two or three men on base, Kearns was up and struck out.

  2. Rich H. says:

    I was surprised when the Yanks got Austin Kearns in the first place. He spent several years here in Washington with the Nats and what you saw in his time with the Yanks was what we saw for most of his time with the Nats. He never really got going, despite everybody pulling for him. It's a shame, because he's a great guy and was well-liked and respected here by everyone — media, players, fans, and front-office types alike.

  3. Joe says:

    He swings at more air than a ceiling fan!