Brewers trade 1B Garrett Cooper to Yankees for lefty reliever Tyler Webb


On Thursday, the Yankees sent lefty Tyler Webb to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for the right-handed hitting Cooper, 26, who was assigned to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The Milwaukee Brewers have made a trade with the New York Yankees.

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.

The Brewers will decide before they return to action tomorrow night whether to add Webb to their bullpen or assign him to Colorado Springs. The 26 year-old was previously selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates this winter in the Rule V Draft during the 2016 Winter Meetings in Washington D.C.

Garrett Cooper wasn't one of the marquee first basemen on the market, but he's now one of the Yankees' possible upgrades at an unproductive position.

Cooper was a sixth round draft pick out of Auburn University back in 2013. While Cooper has spent time in both the outfield and first base in the minors, he projects as a full-time first baseman in the majors, thanks to his size (6-foot-6, 230 pounds) and his power profile, but he was blocked by Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar in Milwaukee. After being acquired by Pittsburgh in this past winter's Rule 5 Draft, he was returned to NY on April 1. He has a low-90s fastball, but also possesses a plus slider, an effective changeup and, as his minor-league walk rate indicates (2.43 walks per nine innings), he locates well. He was batting.366 with 17 HR and 82 RBI in 75 games at Colorado Springs this season.