With the Jose Quintana trade overshadowing the NL Central on Thursday, the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers quietly acquired rookie hurler Tyler Webb from the New York Yankees in exchange for potentially valuable first baseman Garrett Cooper, with Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports being the first to break the news.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 13, 2017
The Brewers, who are 5.5 games ahead of the Chicago Cubs with a record of 50-41, had a road block at first base for Garrett Cooper, who was blocked by ex-Korean superstar Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar. Cooper, 26, has spent 2017 with Milwaukee’s Triple-A affiliate, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, where he has been mashing opposing pitching, slashing .366/.428/.652 with 17 home runs and 82 runs batted in. Cooper will bring valuable depth to the Yankees at first base, who have seen a lack of production from numerous starters, primarily Chris Carter, who was recently released from the club after being designated for assignment twice. Cooper will reportedly be assigned to Triple-A affiliate, Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders, and could be brought up soon.
Much like Cooper, Tyler Webb has spent most of his season in Triple-A, but made his MLB debut on June 24th against the Texas Rangers. In 7 games since his call-up, Webb has pitched to a 4.50 ERA (5.65 FIP) in 6 innings, with 5 strikeouts and 4 walks to his name. In the minor leagues, Webb posted a 3.24 ERA in 21 games as a reliever, including 6 games finished in 33.1 innings of work with 47 strikeouts. The trade of Webb leaves the Yankees without potentially long term left-handed relief help, as fellow southpaws James Pazos and Jacob Lindgren were let go by the team to the Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves, respectively.