The source told Olney that the teams are at the “1-yard line” in terms of finalizing a trade in which Garcia would change teams for the second time in less than a week. He joined Minnesota on Monday after the Atlanta Braves dealt him, catcher Anthony Recker and cash considerations for a minor league pitching prospect.
The Yankees would send minor league pitcher Zack Littell to the Twins as part of the swap, the source said.
Yahoo! Sports first reported that the Yankees were close to a trade for Garcia.
The first-place Yankees also have been in active trade talks with the Oakland Athletics about ace Sonny Gray, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Garcia’s acquisition would not prevent the Yankees from also adding Gray, the source told Olney.
The Braves are paying the remaining $ 4.6 million on Garcia’s contract for this season, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick previously confirmed.
Garcia has made one start for the Twins, allowing three runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-3 win over the Athletics on Friday.