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Yankees trade for Matt Lawton

The Yankees have picked up LSB favorite Matt Lawton from the Cubs, in exchange for 21 year old pitcher Justin Berg, who had been pitching in the NY-Penn League.

Very nice pickup for the Yanks, without seeming to have given up much...BA's write-up of the deal doesn't say much about Berg, and I haven't heard of him up to now, but it doesn't appear he's a big-time prospect.

Lawton, meanwhile, gives the Yanks something they've badly needed...a quality OBP guy to plug into the #2 spot in the lineup. The Yanks have a team .298 OBP in the #2 hole, with Robinson Cano and Tony Womack getting most of those ABs.

Of course, Matsui is hitting 2nd today, with Lawton hitting 8th, so who knows...maybe they'll stick with that alignment...