NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Defensive specialist Brendan Ryan is coming back to the New York Yankees to provide insurance at shortstop, according to WFAN and CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman.
Ryan was traded from Seattle to New York in September to finish the season for an injured Derek Jeter, who had suffered a setback to his surgically repaired left ankle.
Yankees co-owner Hal Steinbrenner said last week he expects a healthy Jeter in 2014, but acknowledged there are some concerns about the veteran’s recovery. The 39-year-old recently signed a one-year, $12 million deal with the team.
New York is still going after shortstop Stephen Drew in free agency, Heyman reported.
Ryan, 31, finished the season with a .197 average, four home runs and 22 RBIs. He hit .220 with one homer and one RBI in the 17 games following his trade to the Yankees.
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