New York Yankees Acquire Starter Frankie Montas, Near Lou Trivino From Oakland Athletics!
In a trade with the Oakland Athletics, the New York Yankees got right-handed starter Frankie Montas and closer Lou Trivino. The deal was made public on Monday by the Yankees.
From the Yankees, the A’s are getting left-handed pitchers Ken Waldichuk and J.P. Sears, right-handed pitcher Luis Medina, and second baseman Cooper Bowman. MLB.com said that Waldichuk, who is 24 years old, was the Yankees’ fifth-best prospect in their farm system.
The best team in the American League, the Yankees, had a busy trade deadline. They got outfielder Andrew Benintendi and rookie reliever Scott Effross, and then they added Montas and Trivino to their already strong rotation and bullpen.
The trade for Montas is the second this week that involves a highly sought-after starting pitcher. Earlier this week, Seattle got right-handed pitcher Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds for a package of four prospects.
Montas, who is 29 and won’t be able to leave Boston until after the 2023 season, has had some good moments since he signed with the team in 2009. Before moving to Oakland, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. In Oakland, he has grown as a pitcher over the past six years. This season, he has pitched 10433 innings with a 3.18 ERA, 109 strikeouts, 28 walks, and 12 home runs.
Montas missed a start in the middle of July because of a shoulder injury, but he came back with three scoreless innings and then faced Houston and gave up two earned runs over five innings. That was a big enough sample to draw teams from a wide range of markets, both big and small.
The Yankees won the Montas sweepstakes and added a starting pitcher with a mix of fastball, slider, and splitter pitches that has worked well all season. In 15 of his first 16 starts, Montas went at least five innings. The only time he didn’t was when a comebacker hit him in the hand, and he had to leave the game after 134 innings.
This season, Trivino is 1-6 with a 6.47 ERA and 10 saves. Next year, he’ll be able to go to arbitration, but he won’t be a free agent until 2025.
Waldichuk, who is pitching at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, is 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA overall in 17 starts for two clubs in the Yankees’ minor league system this season and has 116 strikeouts in 76⅓ innings.
Sears, who is 26 and pitches for the Yankees, is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings and 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 43 innings for Triple-A. Medina, who is 23 and pitches for Double-A Somerset, is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 17 starts this season.
Bowman, 22, is hitting .217 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs for Class-A Hudson Valley this season.