The New York Yankees acquired Frankie Montas, one of the most coveted starters available at the deadline, from the Oakland Athletics, further bolstering the roster of American League East leaders.
As part of the blockbuster deal, the Yankees also received right-hander Lou Trivino.
New York parted ways with four players to acquire the duo, sending lefties Ken Waldichuk and JP Sears, right-hander Luis Medina and second baseman Cooper Bowman to the Athletics. For Oakland, the returning gem is Waldichuk, one of the Yankees’ top prospects who has a 2.71 ERA over 76.1 innings in the minors this season.
With the last A’s in the American League, Montas was one of the best starters in the market ahead of Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline with several playoff-level teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays, who would have been in contention for its services.
Montas finished sixth in American League Cy Young voting last year after going 13-9 with a 3.37 ERA. For his career, Montas is 35-32 with a 3.73 ERA, but has struggled with injuries this season.
Montas has only pitched once since coming off the injured list with a shoulder injury, but he’s been otherwise excellent this season – going 4-9 with a 3.18 MPM.
The 29-year-old Dominican is eligible for arbitration next season and can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2023 campaign.
Still, his addition further signals the Yankees’ intention to make a serious run this season. New York had already spent the day before Tuesday’s deadline making moves that cemented its place as one of baseball’s most formidable contenders, adding star outfielder Andrew Benintendi.
Benintendi, 28, cuts .320/.387/.398 with three home runs and 39 RBIs for the Royals this season. He is expected to provide an upgrade on the left side of the plate on Joey Gallo, who is hitting .159 with 106 strikeouts in 81 games this season.
Earlier Monday, the Yankees also added depth at reliever, bringing in Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs. Effross, who still has five years in control of the club, is 1-4 with a 2.66 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 11 walks in 44 innings this season for the Cubs (41-60).