Ken Rosenthal reports that the New York Yankees have traded reliever Tyler Webb to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Webb, a lefty who will turn 27 next week, has pitched seven games for the Yankees since being called up in late June. He’s struck out five batters and walked four in six innings. He was a 10th round pick in 2013 from the University of South Carolina. Last year in Triple-A he struck out 82 in 72 innings in Triple-A with a 3.59 ERA.
It’s unclear what the return will be for Webb, but it could be a player to be named later. That guy gets traded ALL THE TIME. Must be bad for team chemistry.
UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports that Milwaukee is sending first base prospect Garrett Cooper to New York. Cooper, 26, has put up monster numbers in Triple-A, batting .366/.428/.652 with 17 homers and 82 RBI in 75 games. Take those numbers with a grain of salt as he plays his minor league games in Colorado Springs, but it’s better than stinkin’ up the joint at Colorado Springs, right? At all levels in the minors Cooper has hit .305/.370/.474, and that isn’t bad itself.
The Yankees have an obvious hole at first base. It would not be surprising to see Cooper filling it soon.
Jaime Garcia has been at the center of trade talks for several days now, but on Friday night, he commanded center stage for an entirely different reason. The Braves’ southpaw went head-to-head with Dodgers’ lefty Alex Wood and mashed his first career grand slam: a two-out, 399-foot blast that cleared the wall in right field and put the Braves up 9-0 in the fifth inning.
The bases-loaded knock was the third career home run for Garcia, whose contributions at the plate have been few and far between over his nine-year track in the major leagues. Not only did the homer mark an impressive career first for the 30-year-old, but it was just the second pitcher grand slam in Braves’ history and the first since 1966.
Garcia looked almost as impressive on the mound during Friday’s series opener, issuing one run, four hits and three strikeouts through his first six innings. The Braves currently lead the Dodgers 12-1 in the top of the seventh inning.
As for whether the slam will affect negotiations between the Braves and Twins? MLB.com’s Mike Petriello put it best:
Athletics’ first baseman Ryon Healy had a scary moment during Friday’s loss to the Mets. Lucas Duda smacked a single to the first base side, where the ball took a high hop and caught Healy in the left temple. He crumpled to the ground after getting struck by the one-hopper, but was eventually able to stand and walk off the field with assistance from a trainer.
Prior to the injury, Healy went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single in the first inning. He was replaced by Yonder Alonso, who finished off the rest of the night’s 7-5 loss with a walk in two plate appearances.
Following the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Healy did not appear to have sustained a concussion as a result of the hit. Healy said he thinks he’ll be good to go for Saturday’s game, though a final decision likely won’t be made until tomorrow.