Yankees trade prospects for Jaime Garcia

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The Yankees announced on Sunday morning that they agreed to a trade that landed them left-handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Twins in exchange for pitching prospects Zack Littell and Dietrich Enns.

The interesting thing about this trade was that Garcia had just been traded to the Twins by the Braves on July 24. Garcia made just one start for Minnesota (3 ER in 6.2 IP). In the end this is essentially a delayed three-team trade.

Garcia, 31, is a free agent at the end of the season. He has essentially pitched his entire career in the National League with a 3.65 career ERA while playing mostly for the Cardinals and the Braves. This season, Garcia has a 4.29 ERA, a 6.9 K/9, a 3.3 BB/9 and a 55.0 GB%.

Garcia essentially replaces Michael Pineda, who was replaced by Caleb Smith with poor results.

Neither Littell or Enns were considered big prospects. Bronx Baseball Daily had them ranked 32nd and 49th in the system, respectively.

Littell, a righty, is having a strong season with a 1.87 ERA a 8.5 K/9 and a 1.8 BB/9 in 115.1 in both High-A and Double-A. It stings a bit to lose him because he’s already shown in the minors that he can handle a big workload as a 165.2 innings last year and could easily surpass the 150 inning mark again this year. He’s definitely a guy who might have made a handful of starts on the 2018 Yankees.

Enns is a lefty who is having a good season in Triple-A. In 39.1 innings in seven starts, he has a 2.29 ERA, an 8.5 K/9 and a 2.3 BB/9. Enns looks like a guy who will at least have success as a lefty specialist as he has held southpaws to an impressive .157/.232/176 line this year.

ROB’S THOUGHTS: This move is a signal that the Yankees are going for it in 2017 as they’ve given up two decent, not great, pitching prospects for a two-month rental. Garcia is not a front-end type that fans would hope to see the team land, certainly no Sonny Gray, but it shores up their rotation.

While this does somewhat hurt the future of the team, it’s hard to fault the Yankees right now considering they just re-took first place in the division at a time when the Red Sox might be losing David Price. These also aren’t can’t-miss prospects that are expected to play big rolls with the Yankees anytime soon.

I don’t expect this to be the Yankees last move before the trade deadline is up. Remember, they can still make trades in August, but players have to pass through waivers first which complicates things.

About Rob Abruzzese

Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.
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17 Responses to Yankees trade prospects for Jaime Garcia

  1. Terry says:

    I Agee with you Rob, not a difference maker but a veteran ML pitcher to fill the spot Big Mike left. Personally, I'm hoping for Sonny. That will signal to me that we're going for a title, not just the play offs. But , as always, it comes down to price. Still, this team is right on the verge and one more " big time" type of arm can put us over the top. Line up more than capable, the bullpen is top notch, defense is above average; one more starter. Severino, Tanaka, and Sonny? I'll take my chances with that. Bring it home Hal & Cash!! Go Yankees

  2. Jerry says:

    My thoughts that these were guys that because of the rule five, we were not going to be able to keep anyway. I have no problem with this move, only because of that. I'm not enamored with the move. I understand it, I would prefer Lance Lynn and definitely prefer Gray. …We need to do more, this clearly isn't enough to win this year. But once again not to do anything stupid, patience and letting our pitching develop suits me fine. I also think trading from our plentiful farm system for pitching from another plentiful farm system is the way to go. This team is fun to watch again and really try not to miss any games. … Let's see if Cashman can come up with a little more magic. …… I'm so glad we kept Gardner. Down goes Frazier better not happen…… We need Holiday back in shape….. And I can't blame Girardi for going to that bullpen early. ….. And did you see Didi picking up Judge to greet Torreyes after his homer? … Gotta love Didi….

  3. tom says:

    After trading Littell, the pipeline introduces Cody Carroll, not Brian Keller, as a new member of the team's top 30. Ridiculous!

  4. tom says:

    I am bored. I made the trade fallacy that may help Yankees acquire Sonny Gray.

    —>Yankees acquire OF/1B/DH Nick Markakis, C Alex Jackson, 3B Austin Riley and LSP Kyle Muller.

    —>Braves acquire LF Jacoby Ellsbury, OF Jake Cave, RP Ben Heller and RSP Bryan Mitchell.

    Benefits to Yankees:

    Markakis could be perfectly complement to Red Frazier and Judge just in case if Hicks and youngsters struggle during critical times. Markakis offers strong OBP and RBI as a replacement player. Even he can play 1B with Headley at 3B since Frazier can't get on bases well. You remember Strawberry/O'Neil and Fielder/Martinez platoons during playoff series. I can see Girardi will do that way as Bird may or may not be ready to contribute in late Summer and Fall.

    Jackson may improve the catching depth since Higgy has bad back injury. He won't be on 40m until after 2018 season, barring injury.

    Riley needs to improve the plate discipline to be a stud all round 3B. He also doesn't require to be on 40m until after 2018. Having him may help Yankees move Andujar for a proven and cost controlling SP. umm.. Who knows.

    Muller is a blue chip prize for covering Ellsbury contract. Braves already have 3 southpaw starters who knock the door now with Newcomb gathering MLB experience. The trick is that Yankees only cover 2m for Ellsbury in 2018 and they will deal with 92% of Ellsbury's contract outside that year.

    Clearing 3 40m spots for 2018. Do you have a problem with that?

    Benefits to Braves:

    Ellsbury at LF will allow to move Kemp back to RF next year. High locker room character and veteran presence may be helpful to young team beyond next year.

    Cave may be ideal offensive threat for Braves, Double and runs machine. Very good lefty OF to spell Kemp out next year as Braves lack that speciality.

    Heller can improve the bullpen by solidifying IP/G and punchouts. Can be groomed to replace Johnson as closer in 2019. Not to mention that Braves are suckers for Yankees pen arms. LOL.

    Mitchell may be ready to make a case to be a regular starter with Braves as they already cleared off 2 veterans with Dickey aheading into free agency after this season.

    Then Yankees ship Kaparielian and Mateo to A's for Sonny Gray. Having Muller in the system may make it okay to trade Kap away.

    • Jerry says:

      You have a lot of free time.

    • buckeyeballs says:

      creative-but you don't mention how much the Yanks pay on Ellsbury-which is the key to any deal involving Jake

      • tom says:

        Trade agreement to split contract between two teams for the rest of his contract. Yes, Yankees would have to absorb almost all in order to get the top prize.

        If too much for Yankees then Muller out one or two middling prospects for half of contract. However, as Rob stated, no team will go for it. lol.

    • This sounds like a terrible trade for the Braves. They could have taken Cave for nothing before the season, nobody wants Ellsbury, and Mitchell is having trouble sticking in his 4th season. Not even close, here.

      • tom says:

        It is not about best for best or best for worst trade. It is about roster and positions changing. Braves pay almost nothing to play Ellsbury. Vizaciano and Ramirez had hard time to stick around in MLB as well.

  5. tom says:

    Now Yankees get rid of Mateo, Fowler and Ramirez and welcome Gray. That would make 2 opening spots right now. Does it mean Yankees are ready to obtain Hand from Padres any time soon?

  6. tom says:

    For some reason, I feel like A's win this trade. Their defense is as good as Ricky Gervais. Kap can be a top 3 SP for them during the period of 2019-2023. However, A's should trade Gray for an immediate upgrades so Yankees win the trade as they will continue re-stocking up kids for 19-25 span.

  7. tom says:

    Did I read right. A's gave away 1.5m international bonus money and picked Kap over Adams? If it is indeed, Holy Cow!

    • Jim says:

      Where did you read they picked Kap over Adams? My impression thus far is Adams figures into the Rotation next year and thus was not offered. Kap is years away and oft injured so the Yanks were willing to give him up.

      • tom says:

        Other blogs or forums. I think it was reddit but I suspect this kind of information was purposely created to discount Billy Beane badly.

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