Sunday, July 30, 2017

MLB Trade review: Twins flip Garcia, send him to Yankees



           The New York Yankees have acquired LHP Jaime Garcia from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for RHP Zack Littell and LHP Dietrich Enns.

            In need of a 5th starter, the Yankees have been in talks for multiple starters like the A's Sonny Gray, and the Cardinals Lance Lynn. They get their starter in Garcia, and don't need to pay the big price of Gray. Garcia is also a rental, so they didn't give up too much. Garcia is definitely better than 5th starters Caleb Smith and Luis Cessa.

             Garcia, 31, has a 4.29 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 92 strikeouts in 119.2 innings this year for the Twins and Atlanta Braves. In his nine year career for the Braves, Twins and St. Louis Cardinals, Garcia has a 3.65 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 815 strikeouts in 1015.2 innings.

            After acquiring Garcia from the Braves, the Twins fell out of the playoff hunt. So, they looked to trade Garcia once again, and get some value out of him. Littell was the Yankees 22nd best prospect before the trade. Garcia would be useless on a seller, so now he has a role on a contender. Enns wasn't on the Yanks top 30 list.

             Littell, 21, has a 1.87 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 109 strikeouts in 115.1 innings for High-A and AA this year. In his minor league career, Littell has a 3.24 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 441 strikeouts in 496.2 innings.

             Enns, 26, has a 1.99 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 45.1 innings in rookie league and AAA this year. In his minor league career, Enns has a 1.87 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 397 strikeouts in 389.2 innings.

             I think the Twins win this deal. They get way more for Garcia than they gave up, and the Braves probably are mad they only got the guy they got for Garcia. So, they win.

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