The Yankees have traded lefty Tyler Webb to the Brewers for first baseman Garrett Cooper, as first reported by FOX’s Ken Rosenthal and Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Both players were immediately promoted to their new major-league roster.
Cooper, 26, will provide first-base insurance for the Yankees, who have a gaping hole at the position and are known to be looking for major-league options on the trade market. Greg Bird, the favorite to take over the position for the rest of the season, has battled injuries but recently took batting practice with Single-A Staten Island and indicated to people with the team that he hopes to head for a rehab assignment soon.
Cooper has hit .366/.428/.652 with 17 homers in the offense-friendly Pacific Coast League this year, though MLB.com did not have him ranked among the top 30 prospects in Milwaukee’s system.
Webb, a 10th-rounder in 2013, has six innings of major-league work this year for the Yankees, allowing three earned runs on three hits in that time. He owns a 3.24 ERA in 33.1 relief innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will serve as bullpen depth for the Brewers.