Reshaping their pitching staff for the stretch run, the Yankees acquired righthander Lance Lynn from Minnesota on Monday and dealt Adam Warren to Seattle.
Ahead of Tuesday’s deadline for trades without waivers, the Yankees sent first baseman-outfielder Tyler Austin and righthanded pitching prospect Luis Rijo to the Twins for Lynn. Minnesota will give $2 million to the Yankees to cover half of the $4 million remaining in Lynn’s $12 million salary.
Already, Lynn was looking forward to returning to Fenway Park, where he got a no-decision Friday in his second career appearance at Boston.
‘‘I've never been to Fenway as a Yankee. I think they dislike you even more, so that should be exciting,’’ he said. ‘‘I'm guessing they say a little bit nastier things to Yankees players than they do anybody else.’’
Lynn becomes the long reliever in place of Warren, who was dealt to the Mariners for $1.25 million in international signing bonus pool allotment. He joins Luis Cessa as insurance for a starting rotation that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray and newly acquired J.A. Happ.
‘‘At this time of the year, you've got to do what you've got to do,’’ Lynn said. ‘‘For me in my career I've done a lot of things, whether it’s out of the bullpen in the playoffs or even the bullpen in my rookie year for a little bit. I've done different things and I still feel like I'm capable of doing that, whatever it may be.’’
The 31-year-old Lynn was unsigned throughout the offseason before joining the Twins on March 12. He was 7-8 with a 5.10 ERA in 20 starts, walking 62 and striking out 100 in 102⅓ innings. His average fastball velocity rose slightly to 94 miles per hour, and he mixes in a sinker and cut fastball along with occasional curveballs and changeups.
‘‘It’s the New York Yankees. As a fan of the game growing up, it’s exciting for me as a young kid seeing them in their heyday winning a lot of World Series championships,’’ he said. ‘‘You look at their team now, they’re going for it. I'm excited for that opportunity and that challenge. It’s going to be a different experience.’’
Lynn has bonus provisions of $1 million each for 170 and 180 innings but is unlikely to reach those with New York. Lynn can become a free agent after the World Series.
Astros pick up Osuna
Before Roberto Osuna steps onto the mound as Houston’s new closer, the Astros want him to stand in the clubhouse and explain himself.
Swapping a closer with on-field problems for one with off-field troubles, the defending World Series champion Astros traded Ken Giles to the Blue Jays along with a pair of pitching prospects for Osuna.
The 23-year-old Osuna is eligible to pitch in the big leagues starting Sunday after a 75-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He has made six scoreless one-inning appearances in the minors since July 14, the last three at Triple-A.
‘‘It’s a tough situation. I think the thing for us to remember here is that the details haven’t come to light,’’ Houston pitcher Justin Verlander said. ‘‘We don’t know the whole story. Obviously, I've said some pretty inflammatory things about stuff like this in the past, and I stand by my words.”
Houston also sent righthanders David Paulino and Hector Perez to Toronto as part of the deal.
Verlander and Lance McCullers Jr. voiced disdain for domestic abusers in March when video leaked of former Astros prospect Danry Vasquez beating his girlfriend. Vasquez was released by Houston following an arrest for the incident in 2016.
Mariners add to bullpen
The Mariners added to their bullpen by acquiring lefthanded reliever Zach Duke from the Twins for a pair of minor leaguers and Warren from the Yankees.
Seattle made a second move in a matter of days to bolster its relief corps. Seattle sent pitcher Chase De Jong and infielder Ryan Costello to the Twins.
Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto acquired Sam Tuivailala from St. Louis last week.
Braves’ Newcomb apologizes
Braves lefthander Sean Newcomb apologized to his teammates for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager.
Newcomb spoke Monday in a meeting attended by players, coaches, manager Brian Snitker and Atlanta staff. Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson said players accepted the apology. Each said tweets made public on Sunday did not represent Newcomb’s actions on the team.
Inciarte says Newcomb is ‘‘one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.’’ Swanson says ‘‘we’ve got nothing but love for him.’’
Newcomb said he spoke Monday with Billy Bean, MLB’s vice president for social responsibility and inclusion, and intends to meet with Bean when the Braves are in New York this week.
Newcomb’s inflammatory tweets emerged after he came within one out of a no-hitter in Sunday’s 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.