The New York Yankees have acquired righthanded starter Frankie Montas and closer Lou Trivino in a deal with the Oakland Athletics, the Yankees announced Monday.
The A’s hosted lefthanders Ken Waldichuk and JP Sears, righthander Luis Medina and second baseman Cooper Bowman of the Yankees. Waldichuk, 24, was the fifth-highest-ranked prospect in the Yankees’ farming system, according to MLB.com.
The American League’s best Yankees have had a busy deadline taking on outfielder Andrew Benintendi and rookie reliever Scott Effross before cementing 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 righthander Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds for a four prospect package.
Montas, a 29-year-old who will not be 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 Los Angeles Dodgers before moving to Oakland, where he thrived for the past six seasons in the pitcher who this season has 104⅔ innings of 3.18 ERA balls with 109 strikeouts, 28 walks and a dozen allowed home runs.
A shoulder injury sidelined Montas in mid-July, but he returned with three shutout-innings, followed by a five-inning, two-earned start against Houston. That was enough of a sample to draw in a broad market of teams — large market and small.
The Yankees won the Montas sweepstakes, adding a starter who will fit into a playoff rotation with a fastball slider splitter pitch mix that has proven effective all season. Montas hit at least five innings in 15 of his first 16 starts, the only exception being a game in which he was hit in the hand by a comebacker and left the game after 1⅔ innings.
Trivino, 30, is 1-6 with a 6.47 ERA and 10 saves this season. He will be eligible for arbitration next year and will not become a free agent until 2025.
Waldichuk, who pitches for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, is 6-3 with a 2.71 total ERA in 17 starts for two clubs in the minor league system of the Yankees this season, striking out 116 in 76⅓ innings.
Sears, 26, is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 22 innings for the Yankees in the majors this season and is 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA in 43 innings in Triple-A. Medina, 23, is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 17 starts for Double-A Somerset this season.
Bowman, 22, hits .217 this season with eight homeruns and 35 RBI’s for Class-A Hudson Valley.