On Monday, July 24, the Minnesota Twins acquired left-handed starting pitcher Jaime Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker from Atlanta for right-handed pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa.
The Twins are having a much better season than they could have anticipated, despite being a deeply flawed team. They had a lot problems in the rotation and this trade should help with that. Jaime Garcia is a veteran starter who isn’t having the greatest of seasons with a 4.30 ERA in 113 innings. His FIP is slightly better at 4.14 but that still isn’t great. Regardless, Garcia should provide the Twins with an upgrade to the rotation and it didn’t cost them much of anything. Garcia is a free agent at the end of the season so this was purely a playoff rental. The Twins also received Anthony Recker in this trade, a depth catcher for the Braves this season. Recker has spent all but six games in the minors this season but perhaps the Twins have been unhappy with how backup catcher Chris Gimenez has been performing this season.
In order to make this trade possible, the Twins gave up pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa, a 19 year old currently in rookie ball. He has struggled this season after being moved from the Gulf Coast League to the Appalachian League. The Braves need as many prospects as they can get during their rebuild so even acquiring a pitcher who is struggling is worth it.