The Yankees acquired Triple-A first baseman Garrett Cooper from the Brewers on Thursday in exchange for left-handed reliever Tyler Webb.
The 26-year-old Cooper will enter the Yankees organization as the latest candidate to fill the team's hole at first base. Cooper was hitting .366/.428/.652 with 17 homers and 82 RBIs this season for Triple-A Colorado Springs, numbers strong enough to get him named to the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Yankees acquire Triple-A first baseman Garrett Cooper from Brewers for reliever Tyler Webb
Yankees first basemen currently rank second to last in the Majors in OPS with a .620 mark, mostly thanks to a slew of injuries to Opening Day starter Greg Bird and a rough campaign by the now-released Chris Carter.
With Bird's health for the rest of 2017 in doubt, Cooper represents insurance at first base for the Yankees and potentially the eighth different player to get a start at the position for New York.
Webb, 26, was selected by the Pirates in the Rule 5 Draft during the offseason but was returned to the Yankees before Opening Day. After posting a 3.24 ERA in 33 1/3 innings with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Webb made his Major League debut with the Yankees on June 24. He allowed three earned runs in six innings with New York, striking out five. His assignment has yet to be determined.
Jack Baer /

Comments are closed.