Gar­cia to Yan­kees; Gray next?

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BASEBALL/HORSE RACING -

NEW YORK — Jaime Gar­cia is join­ing the Yan­kees from the Min­ne­sota Twins. Will Sonny Gray be the next ad­di­tion to New York’s ro­ta­tion be­fore to­day’s trade dead­line?

“That would be pretty nice, too,” Todd Fra­zier said be­fore Sun­day’s 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay, which stopped New York’s six-game win­ning streak. “I re­mem­ber fac­ing [Gray]. He’s pretty nasty.”

New York sent mi­nor league pitch­ers Zack Lit­tell and Di­et­rich Enns to the Twins for Gar­cia, a 31-yearold left-han­der who went 4-7 with a 4.30 ERA in 18 starts for At­lanta. He was dealt to Min­ne­sota last Mon­day and won his only start for the Twins, al­low­ing 3 runs and 8 hits in 62/3 in­nings at Oak­land on Fri­day.

Gar­cia took a red-eye flight Sat­ur­day night from Cal­i­for­nia to At­lanta to get some of his be­long­ings. He is to make his Yan­kees de­but Thurs­day at Cleve­land.

“It’s what we need. It’s an awe­some add for this team. I’ve heard only good things about him as a club­house guy and I’m ex­cited,” Aaron Judge said.

Gray is 4-2 with a 1.37 ERA in his last 6 starts. He makes $3,575,000, is not el­i­gi­ble for free agency un­til af­ter the 2019 sea­son and would slot into the mid­dle of a ro­ta­tion that in­cludes Luis Sev­erino, Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sa­bathia.

Gar­cia takes the No. 5 slot in the ro­ta­tion filled since the All-Star break by Caleb Smith and Bryan Mitchell. Michael Pineda’s el­bow in­jury, which re­quired Tommy John surgery, caused the Yan­kees to search for more start­ing pitch­ing.

Gar­cia pitched for St. Louis from 2008-2016 and was dealt to the Braves in De­cem­ber. He started Games 2 and 6 against Texas in the 2011 World Se­ries.

“I think we’re look­ing at the ex­pe­ri­ence fac­tor,” Yan­kees Man­ager Joe Gi­rardi said. “It’s some­one that’s pitched in some big games be­fore.”

ROY­ALS Cabr­era re­turns to team

BOS­TON — Look­ing to bol­ster their of­fense for a run for a play­off spot, the Kansas City Roy­als ac­quired out­fielder Melky Cabr­era from the Chicago White Sox on Sun­day for two mi­nor-league pitch­ers.

Cabr­era, 32, was bat­ting .288 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI for the White Sox. He also played with the Roy­als in 2011 and his sec­ond among ac­tive switch hit­ters with a .286 ca­reer av­er­age.

Kansas City sent two Class A pitch­ers in the deal: 22-yearold right-han­der A.J. Puck­ett and 23-year-old left-han­der An­dre Davis. The White Sox also sent Kansas City cash.

ROCK­IES Lu­croy out of Texas

WASH­ING­TON — The play­off-con­tend­ing Colorado Rock­ies have ac­quired catcher Jonathan Lu­croy from the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later.

The deal was an­nounced Sun­day while the Rock­ies were play­ing the sec­ond game of a day-night dou­ble­header against Wash­ing­ton. Colorado has a solid lead for an NL wild-card spot.

Lu­croy hit .242 with 4 home runs and 27 RBI in 77 games with Texas this year. He made 65 starts at catcher.


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