February 6, 2023

Sources — New York Yankees acquire starting closer Frankie Montas for Lou Trivino from Oakland Athletics

New York Yankees finalize deal to acquire right-handed starter Frankie Montas And closer Lou Trevino Sources from the Oakland Athletics confirmed to ESPN.

The A’s are acquiring left-handers Ken Waldichuk and JP Sears, right-hander Luis Medina and second baseman Cooper Bowman from the Yankees, sources said. Waldychuk, 24, was the fifth-highest ranked prospect in the Yankees’ farm system, according to MLB.com.

Details of the trade were first reported by YES Network.

The AL-best had a busy deadline in acquiring the Yankees outfielder Andrew Benintendi And the new reliever Scott Efros Before solidifying an already strong rotation and bullpen with the acquisitions of Montas and Trevino.

The Montas trade is the second involving a highly-coveted starting pitcher this week, following Seattle’s acquisition of right-hander Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds for a four-prospect package.

Montas, 29, who is not eligible for free agency until after the 2023 season, has been improving since signing with Boston in 2009. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers before moving to the A’s. , he has blossomed over the last six seasons as a pitcher who has 109 strikeouts, 28 walks and a dozen home runs this season with a 3.18 ERA in 104.2 innings of ball.

A shoulder injury sidelined Montas in mid-July, but he returned with three shutout innings following a five-inning, two-earned-run start against Houston. This was enough of a model to draw a broad market of large-scale and small-scale teams.

The Yankees won the Montas sweepstakes and added a starter to their rotation who will slot into the playoff rotation with a fastball-slider-splitter pitch combination. Montas went at least five innings in 15 of his first 16 starts, with the only exception being one game in which he was hit on the arm by a returner and left the game after 1.2 innings.

Trevino, 30, is 1-6 with a 6.47 ERA and 10 saves this season. He will be arbitration eligible next year and won’t become a free agent until 2025.

Waldychuk, currently pitching at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, is 6-3 overall with a 2.71 ERA in 17 starts for two clubs in the Yankees’ minor league system this season and has 116 strikeouts 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-A. Medina, 23, is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 17 starts at Double-A Somerset this season.

Bowman, 22, is hitting .217 with 8 home runs and 35 RBIs this season for Class-A Hudson Valley.