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Yankees replace Jeter with... Brendan Ryan?

Who would have thunk that the Yankees would someday replace legendary future Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter with former Cardinals infielder Brendan Ryan?

But that's what has happened.

Ryan, who was shipped away by the Cardinals because Ryan irritated veteran players and former manager Tony La Russa with his quirky behavior, has been acquired by New York for a player to be named later the Yankees have announced.

The Yankees need help because Jeter, who broke his ankle last season in the playoffs, has found it impossible to stay healthy this season.

Ryan hit .182 for Seattle this season in part time duty. He's not eligible for post season play should New York qualify. But he'll at least be able to help the Yankees with some depth for the last couple of weeks of the season.

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