The Yankees have acquired LHP Jaime Garcia and cash considerations from the Twins in exchange for RHP Zack Littel and LHP Dietrich Enns, the Yankees announced Sunday.
Despite acquiring Garcia, the Yankees are still interested in trading for Athletics RHP Sonny Gray, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Garcia was acquired by the Twins from the Braves last week and made his Twins debut on Friday night. However, the Twins had struggled since his acquisition, leading them to put him on the market.
The 31-year-old Garcia, who is eligible for free agency after the season, has a 4.29 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 119 2/3 innings (19 starts) this season.
Littel, 21, had a 1.87 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 109 strikeouts in 115 1/3 innings this season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton.
Enns, 26, had a 2.29 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 37 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings this season for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
While this isn't the trade that necessarily puts the Yankees into the upper-echelon of teams in postseason contention, it does improve them immediately in the fifth starter spot.
Garcia provides the Yankees with some leverage in that they don't necessarily have to trade for Sonny Gray now that they have five starters, though I believe this is simply a precursor to a deal with Oakland that could come later on Sunday.
There was no way the Yankees could continue to trot Caleb Smith or Luis Cessa out every five days and expect wins or even a lengthy start. It had become a guarantee that those games would require too many innings from the bullpen. While the bullpen has been improved, it would have eventually worn them down, which would be detrimental when they would be needed most in the postseason.
Garcia is a steady and experienced major league starter -- one who has gone at least six innings in 15 of 19 starts. There is nothing flashy about him but as a fifth (or sixth if the Yanks obtain Gray) starter he will be more than sufficient.
Littel was acquired from Seattle last season and showed promise this year at High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Littel is Rule-5 eligible this winter, which was likely part of the reason that the Yankees decided to deal him.
Enns, 26, was on the Yankees' 40-man roster, but has been passed by other prospects in the system since last season.