Yankees trade LHP Tyler Webb to Brewers for Garrett Cooper

Beth Cruz
July 14, 2017

In return, Cooper provides the Yankees get another option at first base, which has been a problem spot this year.

Former South Carolina pitcher Tyler Webb has been traded by the New York Yankees to the Milwaukee Brewers, according to multiple reports. In 21 games in triple-A during the 2017 season, Webb was 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 33.1 innings pitched. He looks as if he will be merely cheap bullpen depth for Milwaukee. The Brewers contributed to that damage, scoring two of the six runs he allowed and coming back against him to tie and eventually beat NY last Friday.

Webb had worked his way up the Yankee farm system since being drafted by the Bombers in the 10th round in 2013. He also made a 12-game rehab stint with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, but was shut down after his ankle soreness persisted.

The Brewers announced Thursday that Webb had been assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs, though as a lefty reliever with good control, it's likely he'll be promoted to the majors at some point in the season. But the Brewers already have two first baseman at the Major League level in Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar.

As for what Milwaukee gave up, Cooper was having a monster career year for the Sky Sox.

Lefty-hitting Ji-Main Choi is now the Yankees' seventh starting first baseman since Greg Bird (bruised right ankle) went on the disabled list.

Cooper was leading the Pacific Coast League with a.366 batting average and ranked second with 82 runs batted in and was a sixth round draft pick out of Auburn in 2013.

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