The Yankees brought Claudell Washington back to New York Sunday by acquiring the outfielder along with minor league pitcher Rich Monteleone from California for outfielder Luis Polonia.
The deal was announced shortly after the Angels beat the Yankees 4-3 to end a three-game series.Washington, 35, played for the Yankees from 1986-88 and then signed with the Angels as a free agent. He batted .273 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs last season with California and was batting .176 with one homer and three RBIs this year.
"Just all the things he can do will help us," Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly said. "He's a great guy in the clubhouse and always has a positive attitude. I thought it hurt us when he left. It hurt our mix of players."
Polonia, 25, batted .300 last year for New York and the Athletics and was hitting .318 with three RBIs.
The Houston Astros on Sunday traded reliever Charley Kerfeld to the Atlanta Braves for minor league outfielder Kevin Dean and a player to be named later.
Kerfeld had an 0-2 record with a whopping 16.20 ERA in five games with the Astros this year.