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Diamondbacks Acquire Miranda, Send Allen to Yankees

November 18, 2010

With the General Manager meetings continuing down in Orlando we’ve seen a flurry of trades being completed, many involving players either out of options or potentially non-tender candidates. A short while ago another such deal was completed as the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired first baseman Juan Miranda from the New York Yankees in exchange for pitcher Scott Allen.

Miranda, who defected from Cuba and signed with the Yankees prior to the 2006 season, has seen limited opportunities with New York primarily due to the fact that the Yankees have had big name first basemen in front of him. Yet, over the past three seasons he has been able to get 94 plate appearances with them, totaling a .253/.330/.458 line. His numbers in the minor leagues, however, have been more productive and very consistent. Over 1,779 plate appearances, mostly at AAA Scranton, he holds a .281/.367/.478 line and has averaged 16 HRs and 68 RBI each year. Miranda is out of options but will have two more seasons of arbitration eligibility and should get more of a chance in Arizona to get regular playing time. The Diamondbacks seem likely to give Brandon Allen the first shot at playing time at first base in 2011 but Miranda should be able to get his fair share of at bats in a backup/pinch hitter role.

In return, the Yankees will receive a pitcher in Allen who was drafted in the 11th round of the 2009 Draft. The right hander just turned 19 in July and has yet to pitch above A-ball but shows decent promise. In 2010 he made 16 starts totaling 78.0 innings of work. He went 4-4 with a 4.73 ERA, 9.1 K/9, and 2.5 BB/9.

It is a minor deal in the grand scheme of things but the deal should give Miranda more playing time and provides the Yankees with a little roster flexibility as it opens up a spot on their 40-man roster. Allen won’t figure into the Yankees plans in the immediate future but does give the organization another viable arm in the lower levels of their minor leagues.

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