Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Brewers acquire left-handed reliever from Yankees

Brewers acquire left-handed reliever from Yankees

The New York Yankees traded left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb to the Milwaukee Brewers for first baseman prospect Garrett Cooper on Thursday, as first reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. No word yet on the return for NY. The right-handed hitter went 1-for-3 with 1R and 1RBI in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game.

Webb pitched twice against the Brewers last weekend in NY and seven times for the Yankees this season, posting a 4.50 ERA over six innings.

Who's Webb? Webb got plenty of strikeouts (11.3 K/9) as a lefty reliever in the Yankees' system before getting his first shot in the majors this season. In 446 games over five minor league seasons, he owns a.305 career batting average (474-for-1,552) with 220R, 115 doubles, 44HR and 267RBI.

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Webb been assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

As for what Milwaukee gave up, Cooper was having a monster career year for the Sky Sox. The Auburn, Alabama native is slashing an impressive.366/.428/.652 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI's in Triple-A this season. The 26-year-old was first called up to Triple-A in 2014, and has a 3.24 ERA in Triple-A Scranton this season. It's possible the Brewers viewed Cooper's path to the big leagues blocked by slugging first basemen Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar - even if the former is 30 and the latter 27 and both are having unanticipated career years.

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