As Trade Deadline Looms, Yankees Nab Lefty Starter Jaime Garcia

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Bronx Bombers have acquired veteran left-handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Minnesota Twins, the team announced Sunday morning.

In exchange, the Twins will receive two arms from the Yankees’ highly-touted farm system — left-hander Dietrich Enns and right-hander Zack Littell.

According to baseball-reference.com, the 31-year-old Garcia holds a career 3.65 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP and 67 wins in 1015.2 innings pitched.

A longtime St. Louis Cardinal, the southpaw has bounced around in 2017. Garcia started the season in Atlanta, amassing a 4-7 record in 18 starts before being traded to Minnesota last week.

In his only start in the Twin Cities, Garcia tossed 6.2 innings of three-run ball, fanning 7 in a win over Oakland Friday.

According to WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, Garcia provides an immediate boost to the Yankees’ starting rotation and provides a cover in case a deal for Athletics ace Sonny Gray cannot be completed before the Monday trade deadline.

The 26-year-old Enns was 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA in eight games (seven starts) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Gulf Coast League.

The 21-year-old Littell was 14-1 with a 1.87 ERA in 20 combined games (18 starts) with Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He was acquired by the Yankees from Seattle for reliever James Pazos on Nov. 18, 2016.

The Yankees will also receive cash considerations as part of the trade for the veteran lefty.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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