Brewers trade Cooper to Yankees for reliever Webb

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NY sent left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb to the Milwaukee Brewers, and got back first baseman Garrett Cooper in return. No word yet on the return for NY. He'll report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the meantime. The 26 year-old was previously selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates this winter in the Rule V Draft during the 2016 Winter Meetings in Washington D.C. He has never appeared in the majors, but the Yankees have a pressing need at first base.

A native of Torrance, Calif., Cooper was selected by Milwaukee in the sixth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft after two seasons at El Camino Community College (Calif.) and his junior and senior seasons at Auburn University.

The Brewers will decide before they return to action tomorrow night whether to add Webb to their bullpen or assign him to Colorado Springs.

The Brewers have been searching for relief help, and get an interesting prospect who is controllable for the near future. He wasn't great in the Bronx, posting a 4.50 ERA in seven games. The 26-year-old owns a 15-14 record with a 3.45 ERA in 150 games over five minor league seasons with the organization. It's possible the Brewers viewed Cooper's path to the big leagues blocked by slugging first basemen Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar - even if the former is 30 and the latter 27 and both are having unanticipated career years.

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