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And the Yankees Get Jaime Garcia, Which Could Impact the Pitching Market

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As expected, the Yankees will complete their deal for rental lefty Jaime Garcia:


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Having added a capable arm (if nothing more), the Yankees now have slightly more leverage to hold out on the A’s if their demands for Sonny Gray do not fall. How that will impact Gray’s market with so many other teams – the Cubs, the Astros, the Dodgers, the Brewers, and the Braves, at least – interested remains to be seen.

The Cubs, for their part, are also definitely not looking to add Gray from a position of desperation. If the price really falls and/or the A’s love a particular Cubs player/prospect, then cool. If not, the Cubs can head into the offseason and look for additional pitching then.


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Otherwise, the addition of Garcia takes a rental arm off the market for other teams, though Garcia was himself already traded to the Twins, so it’s not as if he was an expected rental arm at this time. I wonder if that ever-so-slightly depresses the market for a quality rental arm like the Cardinals’ Lance Lynn. I still hope the Cardinals don’t sell.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor of Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.