NEW YORK — A year ago at the nonwaiver trade deadline, the New York Yankees began dismantling an aging, overpaid and underproductive roster in favor of a rebuilding program that was expected to take at least two years.
They traded away closer Aroldis Chapman, the setup man Andrew Miller and designated hitter Carlos Beltran for a bushel of prospects. The Yankees would also shed the bloated contract of Alex Rodriguez and relegate veteran Brian McCann to the role of backup catcher.
In their place were fresh faces such as Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin and Luis Severino. These were the Yankees of the future, although not necessarily the immediate future.
But this season, the Yankees have determined that the future is now. And at the 2017 trade deadline, the Yankees are not selling. They are buying.
So on Sunday, the Yankees lost — a 5-3 defeat by the Tampa Bay Rays that ended a six-game winning streak — but gained a pitcher, acquiring left-handed starter Jaime Garcia from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for the minor league pitchers Dietrich Enns and Zack Littell. The Yankees will assume the remainder of the six-year, $50 million contract Garcia signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012, or about $4 million. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.
And that may not be the last move before the trade deadline at 4 p.m. Eastern time Monday. The Yankees are in extended discussions with the Oakland Athletics about a possible trade for the right-handed starter Sonny Gray.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was not immediately available for comment after the Garcia deal. But that move…
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