Brewers trade Cooper to Yankees for reliever Webb

Posted July 14, 2017

In exchange, the Yankees will acquire minor league first baseman Garrett Cooper.

Another intriguing and unforeseen development in the Yankees' first base equation is the recent news that NY had shipped out lefty rookie reliever Tyler Webb in exchange for Brewers first base prospect Garrett Cooper, who's been one of the hottest hitters in Triple-A this year. In 2015, he pitched in 72 2/3 innings for New York's affiliate in Scranton, posting a 3.59 ERA, 1.239 WHIP and 10.2 K/9.

A few hours later, the Brewers did indeed make a move, though it wasn't exactly an equivalent-level deal - and that's presumably just fine for general manager David Stearns, who, while surely happy the club is having so much unexpected success this season, remains reluctant to sacrifice talent from the Brewers' formidable farm system as he builds for the future. He looks as if he will be merely cheap bullpen depth for Milwaukee. He also made a 12-game rehab stint with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, but was shut down after his ankle soreness persisted.

Cooper was crushing it for Triple-A Colorado Springs this season, evidenced by his.366/.428/.652 slash across 320 plate appearances, to go with 17 taters, 82 RBI, and 64 runs scored in 75 games.

At the All-Star break, the former sixth-round draft pick in 2013 was leading all Class AAA players in batting average and doubles (29) and was selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game. He has yet to appear in the majors, although that may be a matter of time with New York's pressing need at first base. MLB.com didn't have Cooper ranked in its top 30 Brewers prospects.

Thursday's trade may not be one that ultimately has much of an impact for either team.