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Frankie Montas trade: Yankees boost rotation by deadline by acquiring topline starter from Athletics

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CBS Sports HQ’s Jim Borden confirmed Monday that the New York Yankees have reached an agreement to acquire right-handers Frankie Montas and Lou Trivino from the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics will have his four players returned: lefties JP Sears and Ken Waldichuk, righties Luis Medina, and second baseman Cooper Bowman.

Montas, 29, was the top starting pitcher in the trade market after Friday night’s trade when the Seattle Mariners acquired Luis Castillo from the Cincinnati Reds. In his 19 starts this season, Montas compiled his 3.18 ERA (117 ERA+) and his 3.89 strikeout percentage. His contributions are worth more than an estimated 1.6 wins, according to Baseball-Reference calculations.

CBS Sports recently ranked Montas as the second best pitcher. Here is what I wrote at the time:

Montas’ weapons remain power-based. He throws his four pitches more than 10% of the time, none of which are slower than 86 mph. (So ​​much so that it takes a wide velocity band to keep the hitter off balance.) The main reason he’s behind Castillo is that he’s definitely unreliable. Put another way, Castillo is setting the pace for his 100-plus innings season, his fourth with five tries. Montas’ next game, his second of his career, is the product of injuries and suspensions. On the bright side, he’s very good when he’s available, and acquisition teams will control his services through the 2023 season.

Montas strengthens the Yankees rotation, which currently includes Gerrit Cole, Jameson Tyrone, Nestor Cortez, Jordan Montgomery and Domingo Germain. Gelman’s numbers are bumped from the starting five to make room for Montas. It’s unclear how the Yankees will change play if Luis Severino returns from an injured reserve stint in a tense lat.

Trivino, With the addition of fellow deadlines Scott Efros will help the Yankees bullpen, which has already lost Michael King and Chad Green this season. , was featured as CBS Sports as one of the better trade candidates under the radar.

The 26-year-old Sears has appeared in seven games for the big league team this season, posting a 2.05 ERA (190 ERA+) and a 3.00 strikeout percentage. He’s a petite left-hander with a flat angle to the top of the zone and relies on his three pitches in the early-to-midfield fastball, slider, and changeup. Sears has a history of throwing strikes, and at least he’s on the back end of the A’s so he should have a chance to be a starter soon.

Waldichuk, 24, had a 3.59 ERA and a 3.04 strikeout average in 11 Triple-A starts. He has a deceptive delivery and an excellent fastball-changeup combination, with a pair of breaking balls graded above the fringe. Waldichuk struggles with his position and could end up pitching in relief. A will probably show him as a starter as he has no real reason not to.

Medina, 23, is seen as a savior of sorts. Although his fastball-breaking ball combination is very good, he is a diminutive right-hander with a career walk rate of over 6 per 9 innings. He has a 3.38 ERA and a 2.03 strikeout-walk percentage in Double-A this year.

And 22-year-old middle fielder Bowman. He hit his 8th home run in his 80 games and batted .217/.343/.355.