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Yankees Trade Banks to Diamondbacks

June 5, 1998

PHOENIX (AP) _ The Arizona Diamondbacks, with the fifth spot in their rotation in doubt, have a former starter for four teams as a candidate.

The Diamondbacks traded pitchers Scott Brow and Joe Lisio to the New York Yankees on Thursday for right-hander Willie Banks.

Banks, 29, was 1-1 with a 10.05 ERA in 14 1-3 innings of relief for the Yankees this season. But he is a former starter for Minnesota, Los Angeles, Florida and the Chicago Cubs and could figure into manager Buck Showalter’s plans for the rotation.

Showalter demoted Jeff Suppan, Arizona’s second pick in the expansion draft, to Tucson of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League on Monday and called up Bob Wolcott, another right-hander.

Wolcott, who won four of his last five starts in Tucson, was scheduled to start tonight in Oakland, when the Diamondbacks play their first interleague game.

Banks spent parts of the 1991 and 1992 seasons for the Twins and was 11-12 with a 4.04 ERA in 1993. He was 8-12 for the Cubs in 1994, but the next year was sent to the bullpen. Banks also played for the Dodgers and Marlins in 1995, making the starting rotation of both teams.

He sat out all of 1996 because of an injury, and last year he was 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in one start and four relief appearances with the Yankees.

Banks (30-36 overall) has a 5.08 career ERA after 517 innings in 114 games, including 84 starts.

Brow, 29, was a non-roster invitee during spring training. He was 1-0 with a 7.17 ERA out of the Arizona bullpen. He was activated by the Yankees when they put shortstop Derek Jeter on the disabled list.

The 24-year-old Lisio, acquired Feb. 10 in a trade with the New York Mets, was 1-2 for High Desert of the Class A California League and was on loan to Tulsa of the Class AA Texas League.

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