Quick Review of Jaime Garcia Trade

The Braves just recently announced a trade with the Minnesota Twins sending Jaime Garcia , Anthony Recker and cash for Huascar Ynoa. Huascar Ynoa is a young pitcher out of the Dominican Republic who was highly touted as a youngster with Baseball America rating him the 17th best prospect in the game. Recently, he was ranked the 22nd best prospect in the Twins system. He has a fastball that will occasionally touch 94-95 and a nasty changeup, the best among his repertoire. He is a little inconsistent with his command and has an era of 5.26. For the Twins, Jaime Garcia is coming off possibly his best game of the season where he smashed a grand slam and went 7 innings while giving up 3 earned runs. The Twins will be eating the rest of the $4.7 million left on his contract which will free up more money for the Braves to make potential moves for topline pitchers. Anthony Recker is a decent catcher who has had a brief stint in the MLB where he hit a disappointing .199 but he has shown promise in other leagues averaging .301 in the minors last year at Gwinnett. With Jaime Garcia’s recent performance and constant improvement, the Braves could’ve most likely gotten a prospect with more upside and higher up in the minor league levels, but the key to the trade for the Braves was freeing up financial flexibility for maybe Sonny Gray or other top-line starters.


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