The Yankees have added an arm to their rotation, just not the one everybody expected.
The Yankees and Twins completed a deal Sunday morning that sends left-hander Jaime Garcia to the Bronx in exchange for Double-A right-handerZack Littell and Triple-A left-hander Dietrich Enns. Littell was a healthy scratch from his start for Trenton on Saturday night.
The addition of Garcia brings a veteran arm to the Yankees' rotation.
 
 
 Yankees acquire Jaime Garcia from Twins for two pitching prospects
 
 
But according to a source, New York remains deep in talks with Oakland about right-hander Sonny Gray, who has been the Yankees' top target this month.
General manager Brian Cashman has made it clear he has no interest in dealing top prospects Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier, but the A's are very interested in 19-year-old outfielder Estevan Florial (the Yankees' No. 5 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com), who would likely be the main piece of a potential deal.
Sources said Saturday that talks between the teams were progressing, with the Yankees emerging as the favorites to land Gray, a 27-year-old former All-Star.
The Yankees' rotation consisted of Luis SeverinoCC SabathiaMasahiro Tanaka, rookie Jordan Montgomery and a rotating fifth spot that has seen Luis Cessa and Caleb Smith make starts of late. The addition of Garcia would provide much-needed stability for that final spot, but what would a Gray trade mean for the rest of the rotation?
Severino has already thrown a career-high 127 2/3 innings this season, topping his previous high of 113 in 2014. Montgomery has thrown 108 innings, leaving him 31 frames shy of his career high. The Yankees have not publicly said that either pitcher is on a strict innings limit this season, but adding a pair of starters would enable manager Joe Girardi to use a six-man rotation or skip his young pitchers from time to time in order to conserve their innings.
Garcia, 31, is 5-7 with a 4.29 ERA this season for the Braves and Twins, the latter having acquired the southpaw in a trade only six days ago. The move gave Minnesota the appearance as a buyer with the Trade Deadline approaching, but after being swept by the Dodgers in a three-game set, the Twins did a 180-degree turnaround and began listening to offers for players, including Garcia, Ervin SantanaBrian Dozier and Brandon Kintzler.
Mark Feinsand/MLB.com
 

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