New York Yankees acquire starter Frankie Montas, closer Lou Trivino from Oakland Athletics

New York Yankees acquire starter Frankie Montas, closer Lou Trivino from Oakland Athletics

The New York Yankees acquired a right-handed starter Frankie Montas and closer Lou Trivino in a deal with 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 American League’s top Yankees had a busy deadline, acquiring the outfielder André Benintendi and rookie reliever Scott Effros 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 Oakland, where he flourished the past six seasons in the pitcher who this season has 104⅔ innings ERA 3.18 with 109 strikeouts, 28 walks and a dozen homers authorized.

A shoulder injury sidelined Montas for a start in mid-July, but he came back with three shutout innings, followed by a five-inning start and two earned runs 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 who will slot into a playoff rotation with a fastball-slider-splitter mix that has proven effective all season. Montas went 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 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 won’t become a free agent until 2025.

Waldichuk, who 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 strikeouts in batting 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 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 eight home runs and 35 RBIs for Class A Hudson Valley this season.

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