Dietrich Enns, the 26-year-old lefthander who made his MLB debut for the Twins on Thursday, was acquired less than two weeks ago as one of two prospects obtained from the Yankees in the Jaime Garcia trade. (The other, 21-year-old righthander Zack Littell, has gone 15-1 this season between Class A and Class AA.)
What's interesting is if Enns ends up contributing down the stretch, the strange sequence of deals involving Garcia — acquired by the Twins from the Braves and then made one start before Minnesota slumped and dumped him to the Yankees — might end up feeling less like a straight "sell" situation for the Twins.
Garcia gave up five runs in 4⅔ innings in his Yankees debut and is slated to pitch again Friday. The perception of trading Garcia away, which can be second-guessed now that the Twins are suddenly back in the playoff chase, could change if Enns pitches well.
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