New York Yankees grab two more pitchers before the deadline
Ricky Gray | August 2, 2022
An Oakland A's starter and one of their closers are heading to New York.
It’s no surprise that the Yankees are making several moves before the end of the trade deadline. However, the names they were able to bring over are rather notable.
Both players are from the Oakland Athletics, one of which is right-handed starter Frankie Montas, and the other is closer Lou Trivino.
In exchange, the Athletics will receive left-handers Ken Waldichuk and J.P. Sears, right-hander Luis Medina and second baseman Cooper Bowman from the Yankees.
According to MLB.com, Waldichuk, 24, was the fifth-highest-ranked prospect in the Yankees' farm system.
These two aren’t the only players that the Yankees have acquired. Outfielder Andrew Benintendi and rookie reliever Scott Effross have both been brought over to New York.
In terms of performance, Frankie Montas has a record of 4-9 this season with an ERA of 3.18 and has thrown 109 strikeouts. His under .500 record should be credited to the inability of the Athletics batters, not his own pitching.
Lou Trivino will need a bit more development. He’s had 10 saves this season with an ERA of 6.47 and 45 strikeouts. Considering the Yankees are great at developing pitchers, Trivino should become a viable closer.
In regard to Montas, Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said: “His level of talent, especially with how he's pitched the last couple years, just excited to get him in the mix.
“He's got the full arsenal and stuff you look for top of the rotation guy. Gone out and proved last couple years he is that kind of caliber pitcher.”
Montas joins a rotation headed by All-Stars Gerrit Cole (9-3, 3.30 ERA) and Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.53 ERA).