Brian Cashman is getting very little sleep this month wheeling and dealing for the Yankees push to this year’s playoffs, and possibly a World Series. It seems the rebuilding motif for 2017 is long gone as they add Minnesota Twins’ 31 year old LHP Jaime Garcia.
Garcia is expected to start right away replacing the back end of the starting rotation, most likely Caleb Smith or Luis Cessa. This is the second time Garcia has been traded this month, having already been sent to Minnesota from the Atlanta Braves. He made just one start for the Twins (officially a quality one) improving his seasonal numbers to a 4.29 ERA (101 ERA+) and 2.09 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The Yankees sent pitching prospects Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns to Minnesota, with the Twins picking up the majority of Garcia’s remaining salary. This is one of the rare times that the Yankees actually RECEIVED money from another team in a deal. Littell and Enns were talented prospects but it seems with the other wealth of young players in the farms, the Yankees have decided to push for this year and next rather than wait another couple of years to battle for some rings.
Enns, 26, has a record of 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA (39.1 IP, 10 ER), 10 walks and 37 strikeouts in seven starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.
Littell, 21, has combined to go 14-1 with a 1.87 ERA (115.1 IP, 24 ER), 23 walks and 109 strikeouts in 20 appearances (18 starts) between Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton this season.
Even with this new addition, the New York Yankees remain the favorite to obtain Oakland Athletics starter Sonny Gray.