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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.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.