And that may not be the last move before the trade deadline at 4 p.m. Monday. The Yankees are in extended discussions with the Oakland Athletics about a possible trade for the right-handed starter Sonny Gray.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was not immediately available for comment after the Garcia deal. But that move and a potential Gray trade, along with the recent acquisition of reliever David Robertson and third baseman Todd Frazier, make it clear that the Yankees are making an all-out effort to win the American League East and, from there, make a deep push into the postseason.
âI think itâs encouraging to our clubhouse,â Manager Joe Girardi said after the Garcia deal was announced Sunday morning. âIt just shows you they believe in this club and what we have the capability of doing. I think the players are excited about it.â
Garcia, 31, has a 67-52 career win-loss record and 3.65 earned run average in nine major league seasons, the first eight of which were spent with the St. Louis Cardinals, with whom Garcia won a championship in 2011. Garcia was traded to the Atlanta Braves last December and made 18 starts for them this season, going 4-7 with a 4.30 earned run average. The Braves then traded him to Minnesota on July 24, and he won his only start as a Twin, beating the Oakland Athletics on July 28.
âHeâs basically a three-pitch guy, fastball, changeup and slider, and has pretty good movement on the fastball,â the Yankeesâ pitching coach, Larry Rothschild, said in a quick scouting report before the Yankees played the Rays on Sunday afternoon. âHeâs started a lot of games and been through pennant races. He knows how to pitch. Heâll help us.â
Frazier, the Yankeesâ third baseman, who faced Garcia 26 times, with six hits, while a member of the Cincinnati Reds, called Garcia âa crafty left-hander.â
âItâs a good pickup, man, a real good pickup,â he said….