Whether the answer to the Yankees' first base riddle is Bird, or Cooper, or the hodgepodge of youngsters that have held the job amid continual injury issues, the team will have to nail down a reliable solution if they want to stay in contention down the stretch.
NY sent left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb to the Milwaukee Brewers, and got back first baseman Garrett Cooper in return. A year ago in Triple-A he struck out 82 in 72 innings with a 3.59 ERA. He looks as if he will be merely cheap bullpen depth for Milwaukee.
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In seven appearances for the Yankees this season, Webb tossed six innings, and permitted three runs (all earned) on three hits.
Webb had worked his way up the Yankee farm system since being drafted by the Bombers in the 10th round in 2013. In his five-year career, Webb has pitched in 150 minor-league games, with a 15-14 record, a 3.81 ERA and a 4.66 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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Cooper, meanwhile, is having a terrific season at the Triple-A level for Colorado Springs. He made his Major League debut on June 24 vs. Texas. NY was facing a depth chart after the All-Star break that was headed by rookie Ji-Man Choi and supported by struggling utility infielder Rob Refsnyder and backup catcher Austin Romine.
Cooper, 26, has put up big numbers in Triple-A, batting.366 with 17 homers and 82 RBI in 75 games. MLB.com didn't have Cooper ranked in its top 30 Brewers prospects.
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