Sunday, July 30, 2017

Yankees Add Another Pitcher, But it's Not Sonny Gray

The Yankees remain busy as the MLB trade deadline nears its conclusion tomorrow afternoon. Amid rumors that the Bombers were still in negotiations with the Oakland A's about acquiring starter Sonny Gray, the Yankees veered left and swung a deal on Sunday with the Twins for Jaime Garcia.

While Garcia may not be the sexy name that most Yankee fans were looking for, he does bring a great resume with him to the Bronx.

In addition to winning 67 games and post a 3.65 ERA over the course of his career that dates back to 2008 with the St. Louis Cardinals, he has a good reputation as a solid postseason starter. In 2011, he helped lead the Cardinals to a World Series title, recording 21 strikeouts over 25 innings, and posting an ERA of 4.21.

HIs best seasons as a Cardinal came in his final two years with the squad in 2015 and 2016.  In 2015, Garcia started 20 games and posted a record of 10-6 with a 2.43 ERA. Last season, he recorded 150 strikeouts over 171 innings pitched.

The Yankees will be Garcia's third team in a week. Last week he was dealt from the Atlanta Braves to the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees didn't give up much, trading away minor league prospects Zach Littell and Dietrich Enns.

Garcia will slide right into a Yankees rotation that is in desperate need of a starter. Mashairo Tanaka has been woefully inconsistent all year, and the Yankees have already lost Michael Pineda for the season. CC Sabathia has had his own health issues as well this year.

The question is are the Yankees done? New York has been trying to swing a deal with Oakland to get Sonny Gray, but neither side has come to a deal. The A's have asked for top prospects Clint Fraizer and Gleyber Torres in return, which is too expensive for the Yankees.

Yet, the A's seem steadfast that they want to trade their ace, even skipping his rotation spot on Sunday. Then again this is Billy Beane we are talking about where the unpredictable is always the norm.

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