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Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Yankees acquire first baseman Garrett Cooper

Yankees acquire first baseman Garrett Cooper

The Yankees acquired Brewers Triple-A first baseman Garrett Cooper for lefty reliever Tyler Webb on Thursday, the team said Thursday.

The Milwaukee Brewers have made a trade with the New York Yankees. The right-handed hitter went 1-for-3 with 1R and 1RBI in Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game. 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.

After the Chicago Cubs made big waves in the baseball world by trading a package of top prospects to the crosstown-rival White Sox for starting pitcher Jose Quintana, many Milwaukee fans wondered - and some anxious - whether the first-place Brewers would make a counter move to try and stay ahead of the defending World Series champions in the NL Central.

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. 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.

The Brewers will decide before they return to action tomorrow night whether to add Webb to their bullpen or assign him to Colorado Springs. Both players are playing Triple A ball at this time. During his five Minor League seasons (2013-17), he has produced 312 strikeouts compared to only 67 walks in 248.0 innings.

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