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Yankees acquire Jaime Garcia from Twins

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The Yankees acquired Twins’ left-hander Jaime Garcia and cash considerations in exchange for minor league right-hander Zack Littell and left-hander Dietrich Enns, the teams announced Sunday. It’s the second trade involving Garcia this month, who was sent from the Braves to the Twins in a trade for right-handed prospect Huascar Ynoa last Monday.

Garcia, 31, is 5-7 in 19 starts for the Braves and Twins this season, toting a 4.29 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 119 2/3 innings. Between the two trades, he made one start for Minnesota on Friday, going 6 2/3 innings with three runs, three walks and seven strikeouts in a winning effort. While he’s expected to slot into a Yankees’ rotation that already features fellow left-handers CC Sabathia, Jordan Montgomery and Caleb Smith, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that the club is still planning to acquire another starter by the deadline, and could pursue Oakland ace Sonny Gray to flesh out their six-man rotation.

Littell, 21, was last seen at Double-A Trenton, where he pitched to a pristine 2.05 ERA, 1.6 Bb/9 and 10.6 SO/9 over his first 44 innings. He was scratched from his last start in advance of the trade and is expected to report to the Twins’ Double-A Chattanooga.

Enns, 26, is a little higher on the minor league ladder. He was working through his second Triple-A stint prior to the trade, and went 1-1 in seven starts with a 2.29 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 8.5 SO/9 through 39 1/3 innings. The Twins added Enns to the 40-man roster on Sunday and will assign him to Triple-A Rochester.

Joey Votto: “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently.”

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We’ve poked fun often at the spring training trope of players showing up to camp in the “best shape of [their] life.” Reds first baseman Joey Votto has turned that entirely on its head. Talking about his offseason, the 2010 NL MVP said, “I tried to get fatter. I succeeded at that apparently. We did all the testing and I am fatter,” Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Votto, of course, wasn’t trying to say he’s not in shape; he was just using some of his trademark self-deprecating humor.

Votto did get serious when discussing the state of the rebuilding Reds. As Buchanan also reported, Votto said, “I think we’re starting to get to the point where people are starting to get tired of this stretch of ball. I think something needs to start changing and start going in a different direction. I’m going to do my part to help make that change.”

Votto, 34, is under contract with the Reds through at least 2023, so he still has plenty of incentive to help see the rebuild through. He has been nothing short of stellar over the last three seasons. This past season, he hit .320/.454/.578 with 36 home runs, 100 RBI, and 106 runs scored in 707 appearances across all 162 games. Votto led the majors in walks (134) and on-base percentage and led the National League in OPS (1.032).

Despite Votto’s presence, both FanGraphs and PECOTA are projecting the Reds to put up a 74-88 record. The club had a pretty quiet offseason, expecting to enter 2018 with largely the same roster as last year.