The New York Yankees have acquired right-handed starter Frankie Montas and closer Lou Trivino in a deal from the Oakland Athletics, the Yankees announced Monday.
The A’s get left-handers Ken Waldichuk and JP Sears, right-hander Luis Medina and second baseman Cooper Bowman from the Yankees. Waldichuk, 24, was the fifth-highest-ranked prospect in the Yankees farm system, according to MLB.com.
The AL’s top Yankees had a busy deadline, acquiring outfielder Andrew Benintendi and rookie reliever Scott Effross before solidifying an already strong rotation and bullpen with the acquisitions of Montas and Trivino.
The trade for Montas is the second involving a highly sought-after starting pitcher this week, following Seattle’s acquisition of right-hander Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds for a four prospect package.
Montas, a 29-year-old who is not eligible for free agency until after the 2023 season, has shown flashes of excellence since signing with Boston in 2009. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers before moving to the A’s. , where he has flourished the past six seasons in the pitcher who this season has 104.2 ERA 3.18 innings with 109 strikeouts, 28 walks and a dozen homers allowed.
A shoulder injury sidelined Montas for a mid-July start, but he came back with three shutout innings followed by a deserved five-inning run start against Houston. It was a sufficient sample to attract a large market of teams – large market and small.
The Yankees won the Montas toss and add a starter to their rotation who will fit into a playoff rotation with a fastball-slider-splitter mix that has proven effective all season. Montas has gone at least five innings in 15 of his first 16 starts, with the sole exception of one game in which he was hit in the hand by a comebacker and left the game after 1.2 innings.
Trivino, 30, is 1-6 with a 6.47 ERA and 10 saves this season. He is eligible for arbitration next year and won’t become a free agent until 2025.
Waldichuk, who currently pitches at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, is 6-3 with a 2.71 total ERA in 17 starts for two clubs in the Yankees’ minor league system this season and has 116 outs at bat in 76 1/3 innings. .
Sears, 26, is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings for the Yankees in the majors this season and 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 43 innings in Triple- HAS. Medina, 23, is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 17 starts for Double-A Somerset this season.
Bowman, 22, is hitting .217 with 8 home runs and 35 RBIs for Class A Hudson Valley this season.