Brian Cashman wasn’t done.
Far from it.
The Yankees’ general manager, who already had swung deals for reliever Zach Britton and starter J.A. Happ in advance of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, made two more moves Monday.
To add further depth to his rotation, Cashman acquired starter Lance Lynn and cash considerations from the Twins in exchange for Tyler Austin and Class A reliever Luis Rijo.
It was the sixth trade by Cashman in seven days.
“It’s the [New York] Yankees,” Lynn told MLB.com. “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. You look at their team now, they’re going for it. I’m excited for that opportunity and that challenge.”
Earlier in the day, in order to stockpile even more international bonus pool money, Cashman sent reliever Adam Warren to the Mariners.
And he still might not be done. With Aaron Judge out for at least the next three weeks because of a chip fracture in his right wrist, Cashman would like to bring in another outfielder if possible.
Lynn, 31, is 7-8 with a 5.10 ERA in his first season with the Twins, but the righthander went 72-47 with a 3.38 ERA for the Cardinals in the first six years of his big-league career. Lynn, who missed all of 2016 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, went 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 33 starts for St. Louis last season.
And there’s this hardly insignificant detail: He has had some recent success against the Red Sox, whom the Yankees are trying to chase down in the AL East and play 10 more times this season.
Lynn, who also gives Aaron Boone long-man insurance should the need arise, is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA in five career starts against Boston.
In his last start for the Twins on Friday night at Fenway Park, Lynn allowed two runs in six innings in a 4-3 Twins loss. On June 20 against the Red Sox, Lynn did not allow an earned run in five innings and earned the win in a 4-1 victory.
“I’ve never been to Fenway as a Yankee,” Lynn said. “I think they dislike you even more, so that should be exciting.”
He added, “Whenever you’re on a team that’s looking for a World Series championship, you’re going to do whatever you can to help. There’s no ego in that.”
Austin, 26, selected by the Yankees in the 13th round of the 2010 draft, broke camp with them and had a productive first month, hitting .290 with a .991 OPS, five homers and six doubles in 17 games. He hit .223 with eight homers, six doubles and 23 RBIs in 34 games with the Yankees before getting sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on June 15.
That the Yankees made a deal to receive even more international bonus pool money was not a surprise. It was their third such deal in a three-day stretch. In the first two, they traded lefthander Caleb Frare to the White Sox on Sunday and sent Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos to the Cardinals on Saturday.
Warren, 30, had a 2.70 ERA in 24 appearances this season in his second stint with the Yankees. He was traded to the Cubs in December 2015 for Starlin Castro and reacquired from the Cubs along with Gleyber Torres in the July 2016 deal that sent Aroldis Chapman to Chicago.
Warren has been up and down this season but had a 1.35 ERA as late as June 30. But in seven games since, the righthander allowed six runs in 10 innings.