Yan­kees pur­sue Gray from A’s, ac­quire Gar­cia from Twins

West Hawaii Today - - Sports - BY RON­ALD BLUM

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 Mon­day’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 sixgame win­ning streak. “I re­mem­ber fac­ing him. He’s pretty nasty.”

New York sent mi­nor league pitch­ers Zack Lit­tell and Di­et­rich Enns to the Twins for Gar­cia, a 31-year-old 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, giv­ing up three runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 in­nings at Oak­land on Fri­day.

Gar­cia took a red­eye flight Satur­day night from Cal­i­for­nia to At­lanta to get some of his be­long­ings. He is to make his Yan­kees de­but on 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 six 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 2008-16 and was dealt to the Braves last 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.”

New York will in ef­fect pay only $184,180 in salary to Gar­cia — a pro­rated share of the $535,000 min­i­mum. At­lanta agreed to pay the Twins cash to cover most of the re­main­der of his $12 mil­lion salary, and Min­nesota in turn will pass the cash on to the Yan­kees. He is el­i­gi­ble for free agency af­ter the World Se­ries.

“Ba­si­cally a three-pitch guy: fast­ball, changeup, slider. And pretty good move­ment on the fast­ball,” Yan­kees pitch­ing coach Larry Roth­schild said.

Jor­dan Mont­gomery ( 7- 6) started just six of 16 bat­ters with strikes and al­lowed four runs and six hits in 2 2/3 in­nings Sun­day. More ac­qui­si­tions could jeop­ar­dize his ro­ta­tion spot.

“It’s not my de­ci­sion,” he said. “I’ve been up here all year so, ob­vi­ously, they want me here, and I’ve been throw­ing pretty well. Had three bad starts so just go­ing to keep try­ing to do my job.”

Smith was op­tioned to Triple- A Scran­ton/ WilkesBarre on Sun­day a day af­ter last­ing 3 1/3 in­nings, and left­hander Chasen Shreve was re­called from the Triple- A club. Right-han­der Luis Cessa was sent down af­ter pitch­ing 3 1/3 in­nings of re­lief Sun­day.

Ron­ald Tor­reyes home­red with a ca­reer-high three RBIs for the Yan­kees, who had won eight of nine. New York had seven walks, a hit bat­ter and another player who reached on an er­ror but was 1 for 11 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion and stranded 10 run­ners.

“We didn’t take ad­van­tage of our free base run­ners,” Gi­rardi said.

Judge went 0 for 4 with two strike­outs and a walk, strand­ing five run­ners. The AL home­run leader has a .158 av­er­age (9 for 57) with 25 strike­outs since win­ning the All-Star Home Run Derby, drop­ping his sea­son av­er­age from .329 to .302.

“It’s just that part of the sea­son. Ev­ery­one goes through it, and you just got to keep grind­ing,” he said. “You’re not go­ing to feel 100 per­cent or be on you’re ‘A’ game 100 per­cent of the time.”

Matt Hol­l­i­day, who hit a game-end­ing ground­out against Alex Colome , was 0 for 5 with two strike­outs and stranded six run­ners. He is hit­ting .130 (9 for 69) with four RBIs since re­turn­ing from a stint on the dis­abled list caused by a virus.

“Not squar­ing the ball up re­ally more than any­thing,” he said.

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