By and large, the Yankees had already set their roster and appear to be in good shape for a postseason push. They currently sit at 85-50 and while the division seems to be out of reach given what the Red Sox are doing this year, a wild card spot seems firmly in their grasp.
However, the team has still be looking to make moves to deepen their roster and make small upgrades here and there throughout the trade season. They were linked at various points to most of the big names on the trade market and most recently looked at the possibility of adding Josh Donaldson once he cleared waivers.
Once Donaldson was shipped off to the Indians, the Yankees instead went with a lower profile move to solidify their roster.
The @Yankees have acquired SS Adeiny Hechavarria and cash considerations from Pittsburgh in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, the @Yankees have designated LHP Ryan Bollinger for assignment.— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) September 1, 2018
Adeiny Hechavarria doesn’t have the same name recognition as a Manny Machado or a Josh Donaldson, but he can provide some value even if his upside is limited. Hechavarria has already played for the Rays and Pirates this year and has posted just a .630 OPS in 76 games this season. However, he is a strong defender and can run so he is likely to be used as a bench guy who can come in and pinch run or be a late innings defensive replacement. Again, not a headline type trade, but he has some real value and the Yankees did not give up any real assets to grab him.