The New York Yankees already brought back one shortstop this season in Derek Jeter and they just re-signed another one and may not be done adding to the position. The New York Yankees re-signed shortstop Brendan Ryan to a one year deal worth $2 million for next season. They may not be done at the position as they are interested in Stephen Drew and now you can add Jhonny Peralta to the list as well.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 18, 2013
Ryan is more known for his glove than his bat, leading the major leagues in runs saved with 97 over the past five seasons. Ryan hit a combined .197 with four home runs and 27 RBI. With the Yankees, in 17 games, he hit .220 and hitting coach Kevin Long has said that he wanted to work with Ryan to try and fix his swing.
Ryan had minor surgery already in the offseason, and it looks like he just had to pass a physical after the surgery as there were talks about the two sides being close to a deal already in the off-season.
Ryan gives the team more insurance at shortstop with the lingering questions with Derek Jeter and how long he can play shortstop for. Peralta and Drew will give the more insurance there and at third base in case they need it. Ryan hasn’t played another position since 2009 so this signing is clearly for shortstop.