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%.
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.