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.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.