We Have A Starter

The Yankees made a smart trade today, shipping two middling prospects to Minnesota for Jamie Garcia. Garcia is not a great pitcher, but he eats innings and that is exactly what the Yankees need out of a fifth starter.

The prospects are Dietrich Enns and Zach Littel. Enns is closer to the majors, but Littel is the better prospect. The problem, from the Yankees’ perspective, is that both need to be put on the 40-man this offseason, or risk being selected in the Rule 5 draft. The Yankees’ 40-man roster is getting really crowded, so this is a way to trade these guys for something, instead of losing them for nothing later.

And Garcia fills two needs. Caleb Smith wasn’t getting it done, so the Yankees upgraded their rotation. And this sends a message to the A’s that they won’t overpay for Sonny Gray. It’s a solid move.