Yankees trade LHP Tyler Webb to Brewers for Garrett Cooper

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Garrett Cooper wasn't one of the marquee first basemen on the market, but he's now one of the Yankees' possible upgrades at an unproductive position.

Former South Carolina pitcher Tyler Webb has been traded by the New York Yankees to the Milwaukee Brewers, according to multiple reports.

The Brewers have been searching for relief help, and get an interesting prospect who is controllable for the near future.

In seven appearances for the Yankees this season, Webb tossed six innings, and permitted three runs (all earned) on three hits. 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.

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It appears, however, that the primary option - a healthy Bird - could be nearing a return to the field, after the 24-year-old lefty visited with a foot specialist on Monday at Hospital for Special Surgery and joined the Staten Island Yankees for workouts and batting practice the following day. During his five Minor League seasons (2013-17), he has produced 312 strikeouts compared to only 67 walks in 248.0 innings.

Cooper promptly was assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He made his major-league debut two days later against the Rangers. A right-handed batter, Cooper had not hit more than nine home runs in a single season prior to this year.

Going to NY is a great opportunity for the 26-year-old, as the Yankees are badly in need of a first baseman while they wait for Greg Bird to return from the disabled list.

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