The New York Yankees picked up some pitching help in the form of LHP Jaime Garcia from the Minnesota Twins early Sunday morning.
Every Yankee fan on the planet went to bed Saturday night thinking they would inevitably wake up to news of the Yankees pulling the trigger on a deal for some much-needed pitching help. When they cracked open those eyelids this morning, the Yankees had done just that, sort of.
Yes, the Yankees did make a deal with the Minnesota Twins for recently acquired lefty Jaime Garcia and cash in exchange for minor leaguers RHP Zack Littell and LHP Dietrich Enns, but it is certainly not the Sonny Gray deal that most of us were envisioning about 12 hours ago.
Last night, the @Yankees acquired LHP Jaime García and cash considerations from MIN in exchange for LHP Dietrich Enns and RHP Zack Littell.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) July 30, 2017
What Garcia does provide is nine years of big league experience, where the ground-baller has earned a career record of 67-52 with a 3.65 ERA overall and one very noteworthy 2011 World Series Championship with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Garcia began the season in Atlanta, pitching to the tune of a 4-7 record with a 4.30 ERA in 18 appearances for the Braves. The Twins traded for the veteran lefty just a week ago. Garcia tossed 6.2 innings of three run ball in route to his only start for Minnesota.
Although the sinker-baller is a serviceable innings-eater, the only southpaw in the Yankees bullpen is Aroldis Chapman. So, while MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that manager Joe Girardi announced a tentative start date (Thursday in Cleveland), those plans could change.
Joe Girardi said that Jaime Garcia's #Yankees debut is tentatively set for Thursday at Cleveland.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 30, 2017
Depending on what other moves the Yankees make before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline, Garcia could wind up a reliever.
Littell is the centerpiece of the package heading back to the Twins. Named the Yankees No. 22 prospect by MLB.com, the 21-year-old has been one of the best pitchers in the minor leagues this season.
Over 20 appearances (18 starts) split between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, he’s gone 14-1 with a 1.87 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, striking out 109 batters in 115.1 innings of work.
Minnesota also receives Enns, a 26-year-old southpaw who has gone 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in eight relief appearances for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders this season.
Do the Yankees have any more moves left in them? Keep it locked in right here at Elite Sports NY to find out.