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September 10, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Mariners trade Brendan Ryan to the Yankees

The Mariners traded Brendan Ryan to the New York Yankees for a player to be named later, the club announced in the middle of Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros.

Long viewed as one of the game’s best defensive shortstops, Ryan, 31, opened the season as Seattle’s starting shortstop, but he didn’t hit enough to keep that role. His playing time became sparse after the Mariners called up prospects Nick Franklin and Brad Miller May and June, respectively.

Ryan hit just .192 this season with 13 extra-base hits and appeared in only 10 games since the start of August. He hit just .194 in 2012 while playing in 141 games.

Ryan should add defensive help for the Yankees, particularly late in games. Ryan’s range is viewed as some of the best in baseball, and he combines that with a powerful throwing arm.

The Mariners traded for Ryan in 2010, when they sent Maikel Cleto, then a pitcher in Class A, to the St. Louis Cardinals. Cleto, 24, has appeared in 13 games for the Cardinals the last three years and has a 10.34 ERA.

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