The New York Yankees and the San Diego Padres exchanged prospects as the Yankees acquired second baseman Dean Anna for right handed pitcher Ben Paullus.
The trade actually went down yesterday. The 26 year old second baseman out of Mokena, Illinois was a 26th round draft pick by the Padres back in the 2008 MLB Draft out of Ball State University.
In his six years in the Minors, Anna collected 528 hits which include 1114 doubles, 14 triples, 40 home runs and 248 RBI’s while striking out 294 times.
His batting average for this season at the Triple-A level was his highest in his young career as he posted a .331/.410/.482 batting line with nine home runs and 73 RBI’s. He should be ready to become either a back up or possible starter in a couple seasons depending on what the Yankees decide to do with Robinson Cano.
Now with the Padres acquiring Ben Paullus, is a 24 year old prospect who hasn’t advanced further than Single-A ball but could be worth the wait. They didn’t want to give Anna a spot on their 40-man roster, so they added a young prospect who could fit in their rotation or come out of the bullpen later on down the line.
Paullus owns a 4.34 ERA over three seasons in the Minors.