The New York Yankees acquired starting pitcher Jaime Garcia for two minor leaguers. The Yankees had a hole in their rotation after Michael Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery.
It wasn’t the big fish the fans were clamoring for, but the Yankees made a move. Twins starting pitcher Jaime Garcia is on his way to the New York Yankees. In return, the Twins will receive prospects Zack Littel and Dietrich Enns. Garcia will now be on the move for the second time in less than a week as the Twins had just acquired him from the Braves just days ago.
Ken Rosenthal via Joel Sherman and John Heyman collectively broke the news:
Cash is also headed in the Yankees direction as the Twins will pay him most of the remaining $4.2 million salary. Enns was a part of the Yankees 40 man roster so they will not have to make room for the addition of Garcia. For New York, it now gives them a starting rotation of Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, Jordan Montgomery, and now Garcia. It remains to be seen whether the Yankees are still in the market for a big fish starter such as Yu Darvish or Sonny Gray.
Minnesota originally went into the deadline as possible buyers but have struggled as of late. The recent plays of the Indians and Royals have built a seven game lead over the Twins. Other players such as Ervin Santana or Brian Dozier may now be available. In the trade, the Twins receive and an interesting prospect in Littel who 14-1 with a 1.87 ERA across Single-A and Double-A.
Garcia, 31, is having an okay year compiling a 4.29 ERA in 19 starts. More than anything, Garcia has shown an ability to be an innings eater going at least six in 15 of his 19 outings. For a Yankees bullpen that is so dominant, Garcia became a logical fit even though he is an impending free agent at season’s end.